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Crack In The Pavement Series
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada with the financial support of Evergreen.

We want kids to like school. But look at the schoolyards we cram them into. 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 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 inspiring 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 and courtyard greenhouse; and restoring a pond as an outdoor classroom and a refuge for wildlife.

Directors: Jane Churchill and Gwynne Basen

Producer: Michael Fukushima

Running time: 20 minutes

DIGGING IN

Students at Toronto's Jesse Ketchum Public School 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.

Directors: Jane Churchill and Gwynne Basen

Producer: Michael Fukushima

Running time: 20 minutes


Publisher : National Film Board/Evergreen

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