Space to Grow Volunteer Opportunities

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Space to Grow needs you! After months of planning and construction, our four Space to Grow pilot schoolyards are almost complete.
Come spend a day (or two!) digging in the dirt with us. We're looking for volunteers to spend a few hours planting bulbs and grasses and spreading mulch in gardens. These schools and communities will greatly benefit from your time and help! Healthy snacks and water will be provided. Register below.

Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to come rain or shine. For questions or to register a group of 10 or more people, please contact Meg Kelly, Space to Grow Project Manager, via email or at 312-419-1810.

Saturday, October 4
Schmid Elementary School

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9755 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
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Saturday, October 18
Grissom Elementary School

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
12810 S. Escanaba Ave.
Chicago, IL 60633
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Saturday, October 11
Morrill Elementary School

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
6011 S. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60629
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Saturday, October 25
Leland Elementary School

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
512 S. Lavergne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
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Managing Partners

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Greening Chicago Schoolyards

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Space to Grow is an innovative partnership led by Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands to transform Chicago schoolyards into centers for outdoor learning, play and engagement with nature and art, while contributing to a significant reduction in stormwater runoff across the city. This schoolyard is for the benefit of students and the surrounding community.

Space to Grow is a multi-sector, public-private partnership and has the active involvement and leadership of Chicago Public Schools, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Department of Water Management. Additional partners include CLOCC and The Kitchen Community.

Pilot Schools

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After a year of planning with school staff, students, parents and community members, construction began at each of the four pilot schools this summer.
By the end of fall, the new schoolyards will be complete!

Schoolyard Elements

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The schoolyard designs were developed with extensive input from each of the pilots school and their communities. New schoolyard elements include turf fields, age-appropriate play structures, outdoor classrooms, vegetable and native gardens, art and more. Green infrastructure is central to the design of each schoolyard, including permeable surfaces, rain gardens, downspout disconnections and runoffs, curb cuts, and above- and below-ground water storage.

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