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Community Use of Public Schools in the Upper Grand District School Board

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Title: Community Use of Public Schools in the Upper Grand District School Board
Author: Seagram, Andrew; Davidson, Megan
Abstract: Schools are community hubs where people learn and participate in a range of activities offered by community organizations. They provide a place for people to gather, volunteer, access community programs, participate in recreational and social activities, and build strong communities. In order to better understand how the community uses its facilities, the UGDSB tracks the influx of visits, who uses the facilities for what types of activities, and which spaces are most commonly used. During the 2015-2016 school year, a total of 1,132 permits were requested and granted for community uses of school spaces. Over this same time period, there were over 1 million participants visits and over 80,000 hours permitted to use spaces in schools across the UGDSB. The most frequently used spaces were classrooms, representing 37.5% of the total number of hours permitted, followed by fields (25.3%) and gyms (22.8%). The majority of hours permitted were for activities with no target age (Figure 1) and for both genders (Figure 2). There are a wide range of community activities that are held in school spaces. Most of the permitted hours are for sports and recreation (17%), social activities (9%) and leadership activities (8%).
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10395
Date: 2017-03-01


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