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A Crack in the Pavement

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We want kids to like school. But look at the schoolyards we cram them into it: concrete, fences... More reminiscent of prison than anything else! A Crack in the Pavement is a pair of videos showing that it doesn't have to be this way. What if there was a whole lot less pavement? What if the space was given over to gardens? Shot at schools across Canada, and using animation to complement live-action footage, these films are an inspiring look at - in the words of one student - how kids can stop looking at school the way it is, and start thinking about the way it could be. Growing Dreams: Across Canada school gardens are providing food for the needy, homes for birds and butterflies, and peaceful rest and play areas for students. By planning and caring for a garden, students take control of their own lives. Plus, a garden is a great spot for science class. Growing Dreams gives an inspirational overview of schoolyard greening. It shows what kids have done to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards: growing trees for shade, flowers for butterflies, and vegetables for a food bank; building a rooftop garden, a courtyard greenhouse and restoring a pond as outdoor classrooms and a refuge for wildlife. Digging In: Students at Toronto's Jesse Ketchum Public School in Toronto are fed up with their fenced-in, asphalt yard. So, with help from teachers, staff and parents - and advice from students who have participated in amazing gardening projects of their own - they start designing gardens to surround the school. Eventually the big machines come in to bust up the asphalt, and students roll up their sleeves and get planting.

2000, 37 min 48 s

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