Dome Being Inflated at GC Huston
Friday, June 22, 2012 12:19 PMby
It will be the first monolithic dome outdoor classroom in Canada
Students at GC Huston Public School in Southampton will soon have an outdoor classroom to learn about science and the environment.
The first ever monolithic dome outdoor classroom in Canada will be inflated Friday afternoon at the school.
The dome is being built by the Great Lakes Dome Company, a Southampton-based business.
Owner Sunny Cushnie says his children attend the school, and he decided to get involved when teachers and students started talking about what they wanted at their school.
There is already a community garden and Fairy Lake located on the school grounds that are used for outdoor learning.
Cushnie says the dome can be used for environment and science classes, but it will also be useful for other classes such as reading or physical education.
Cushnie says the inflation of the dome is the first step in what will eventually be a permanent structure.
He says after it's inflated, a concrete will be sprayed over it and when it sets, the fabric will be deflated --- leaving behind a permanent concrete dome.
The dome will be 32 feet in diameter, and just over 800 square feet.
Cushnie says the students have been doing a great deal of fundraising in the school and community.
Students are trying to reach 55 thousand dollars.
There will be another fundraising BBQ tonight at the school from 5:30 PM until 7 PM.
After that, a "Hawk-Stock 2012" concert will take place at the Fairy Lake Bandshell from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Admission is by donation.