St Joseph’s Primary School in Douro is holding a garage sale and bottle drive to raise funds for an accessible playground, at the Douro Community Center on Saturday.

The current play structure at St Joseph.

St Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School served approximately 235–240 students in 2020.

“The school is the only school in the small, tight-knit Douro community,” said Nicole Sullivan, a parent from St Josephs. “The school welcomed all students with a focus on inclusion and accessibility.”

St Joseph’s also hosts a before and after school program run by Compass Early Learning Centre, a non-profit organisation.

With students of varying abilities, the current play structure is simply out of reach for some, Sullivan says.

Staff and students at St Joseph hope to replace the inaccessible and partly broken play structure for school students and community members to enjoy.

On Saturday, the community will hold a garage sale, bottle drive, and bake sale at the Douro Community Center from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with all proceeds going to the new structure.

A sale of plants and books to support the programs of the Douro Library is also taking place in the Douro on Saturday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and May 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.