Inquiring Little Minds Daycare children learn about construction on LRCA affordable housing site
LADYSMITH – If you’re going to study construction for a month, you might as well see it up front, children from Inquiring Little Minds Daycare learned Aug. 4 when Kinetic Construction Ltd. temporarily closed its site for the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) affordable housing development.
Kinetic site supervisor Cliff LeBeau said it was an honour to have the children learn about safety and the machinery and roles each construction worker plays. “It was excellent and I was impressed so many of our young visitors were so well educated already,” he said.
Daycare supervisor Nicole Salonen said a crew of 15 youngsters were enjoying construction-themed studies during the month, and “it is amazing Kinetic took the time to show the construction site and explain the processes and machinery for the project” which will feature 36 affordable housing units scheduled to open in the fall of 2022.
Since activity began on the Buller Street site, the nearby daycare children and neighbours have been coming by to watch the activity and bring water and treats for the construction workers. The special relationship resulted in the tour.
“The children were fascinated with all the machinery and activity on the construction site and with Cliff,” said Vicky Stickwood-Hislop, LRCA board president. They were treated with goody bags and snow cones.
The building at 314 Buller Street will provide much needed affordable housing for seniors, small families and people with developmental disabilities.
The project will also provide space for local organizations to deliver services in a community hall and commercial-grade community kitchen.