The lure of going back to school for St. Anthony's students will transcend new binders, backpacks and clothes.

Students returning to St. Anthony's School for the 2018-2019 school year will notice some cosmetic upgrades to the grounds of the school that Principal JoAnne Akerboom said, will promote a higher sense of pride for students on the grounds.

"I think our school division decided that our school needed to look prettier and we're very grateful because they did an amazing job," Akerboom said. "They planted trees and plants and put an outdoor classroom. They also put some trees(in the back of the school) so hopefully they grow and we can get some shade because it can get pretty hot back there."JoAnneAkerboom1Principal of St. Anthony's School, JoAnne Akerboom

This upgrade was no surprise as Akerboom said it was premeditated within the previous school year.

"They came last year. They had an architect and engineer who got input from the staff and parents and did the design for out-back," she explained.

The back of the school used to be a bit dustier for students as there wasn't as much grass in the area. The new design includes fresh sod, compressed grey-stoned gravel and blocks of stones that will be used for the aforementioned outdoor classroom.

The school division also added a helpful feature to the grounds that will allow one section of St. Anthony's education to benefit from the improvements.

"The school division didn't realize that we often have music instruments come out of the back door of our music room," Akerboom beamed. "So they hadn't thought of putting a road back there; So that was something they added into the drawings."

Akerboom also took DrumFM for a tour around the grounds and was excited to show off the property's new features including the front of the building's new plant and tree garden area.  The plants and trees, said Akerboom, were specifically selected for the school as they are native to the Drumheller area. Allowing the plants to flourish on the school property for years to come.

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