Community Partner Carrier Group, Inc. Creates Outdoor Learning Space For Louis Toffolon Elementary School
Posted on 05/03/2021
Toffolon's New Outdoor ClassroomThanks to the generosity of the Carrier Group Inc., a division of By Carrier, Inc., together with support from several other local businesses, Louis Toffolon Elementary School will now have a new permanent outdoor learning space.  

As part of the school district’s School Business Community (SBC) partnership program, local businesses and organizations partner with Plainville Community Schools in a variety of capacities to support teaching and learning. In October, Toffolon Principal Lynn Logoyke shared a “wish” for an outdoor learning space on the school grounds that students and staff members could use to further enhance teaching and  learning.  For a long time, we've been hoping for an outdoor space to use for learning.  What's better than getting outside for a story, or a lesson or even  snack time?  Even before COVID, we knew that fresh air is good for all of us, but now, an outside learning space is needed even more and we are grateful to the Carrier Group and others for making that happen for us,” explained Logoyke.

Once the outdoor learning space vision was identified, SBC partnership  program coordinators Sue Bradley and Lynn Davis, reached out to the local community to see if there was any interest in supporting the Toffolon outdoor learning space project. As a result, Johnny and Danny  Carrier, both Vice Presidents of the Carrier Group, Inc., answered the call, and adopted the construction project.  With feedback from Principal Logoyke, representatives from the Carrier Group organization developed several schematic designs, and ultimately narrowed it down to a final design plan. The company got to work over the school’s April break, clearing and preparing a section of land in the rear of the school grounds, and constructing arched, stone stadium seating covered by a wooden pergola. The Carrier Group project team also reached out to several other local companies to support the project. As a result, Washington Concrete, Tilcon Connecticut and Forestville Lumber  generously donated materials for the project. 

The Toffolon outdoor learning space is slated to be completed in early May, and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled in May as well.

“After receiving so much from our community throughout the years, it’s important that we give back and invest in our children’s future,” said Danny Carrier. 

“We are so incredibly thankful for the very generous donation of this outdoor learning space from our amazing School Business Community (SBC)program partner, Carrier Group Inc. They built a gift for the Toffolon family that will last a lifetime and we are beyond grateful,” said Bradley. "

When members of a caring community pool resources and talents, it is incredible to witness the outcomes that are made possible. On behalf of Plainville Community Schools, I want to sincerely thank the Carrier Group, all vendors who made donations of materials, Plainville Rotary Club, Principal Logoyke, Lynn Davis and Sue Bradley as leaders of our School Business Community Partnerships, and all who were involved in making this wonderful new outdoor learning space possible," noted Superintendent Steven LePage.