Grade 6 Students Support the StopGap Foundation

On March 1, the Grade 6 class travelled to Picton to participate in an Active Citizenship exercise. The students visited local businesses on Main Street and took measurements of their doorways. Students talked to each business about accessibility and explained how the StopGap Foundation’s Community Ramp Project would improve access to their stores.

The StopGap Foundation is a charitable organization that builds ramps for single-step storefronts. Through material donated by local hardware stores and volunteer labour, the Community Ramp Project provides a deployable ramp at no cost to businesses in the area. StopGap’s lightweight plywood ramps are painted in bright colours to attract attention.

The Community Ramp Project has been successful at highlighting how a simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. Parents pushing strollers, couriers using dollies and people using mobility aids all benefit from a barrier-free storefront. The project has also proved to business owners that they are able to increase their customer base by providing a storefront that everyone can access.

Spreading the word about accessibility and building ramps that remove barriers takes time, effort and money. Participating in the StopGap Foundation is how the Albert College Grade 6 class has decided to make a difference. A special thank you goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Busscher at Picton Home Hardware for their generosity in donating all the supplies the students require to paint the ramps. The Grade 6 students are looking forward to painting the ramps and then delivering them to the supporting businesses in Picton on June 7.

Written by Mr. Beatson