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North River family fills potholes in school driveway

Arnold Stewart and his sons Kaden, left, and Bryson spent an evening filling holes in the driveway of North River Elementary School with gravel. Some of the holes were deep enough that people were afraid to drive through them.
Arnold Stewart and his sons Kaden, left, and Bryson spent an evening filling holes in the driveway of North River Elementary School with gravel. Some of the holes were deep enough that people were afraid to drive through them. - Lynn Curwin
NORTH RIVER, N.S. —

Seeing large potholes in their school driveway, the Stewart family decided to go into action.

Arnold and Brittany, and their sons – Kaden, who is in Grade 4, and Bryson, a Grade 1 student – recently spent an evening filling holes with gravel.

“A lot of parents were nervous about driving through, especially those with small cars,” said Brittany. “There were quite a few holes so when it’s busy, with people picking up kids, you sometimes have no choice but to go through them.”

She was also worried that people trying to avoid the holes could be a danger to children.

Because there was gravel that has been pushed to one area during snow plowing, Arnold decided to put it to good use. He took his wheelbarrow and rake to the school and went to work. As he filled holes, his sons took turns smoothing out gravel with the rake.

“Nothing was being done yet, so I thought I’d do something,” he said. Hopefully, this will stay in place until it’s repaired.”

When contacted about the driveway, the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education provided a response through email, stating, “This has been a terrible winter on our hard surfaces. Similar to the roadways, our school driveways have also deteriorated this year. Our Operations team have been visiting many of our schools and office sites to evaluate the driveways and will be working to patch the surfaces as the weather continues to warm.”

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