Years of work pro­duces new Lake­view El­e­men­tary play­ground

CER­E­MONY HELD TO OPEN NEW $500K PLAY­GROUND

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Fol­low @TimKalHer­ald on Twit­ter Tim Kali­nowski LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD tkali­nowski@leth­bridge­herald.com

Lake­view El­e­men­tary School staff, par­ents and stu­dents cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of the school’s new com­mu­nity play­ground on Fri­day.

To mark the im­por­tant achieve­ment, a spe­cial cer­e­mony was held in the school gym which fea­tured a spe­cial mu­si­cal per­for­mance by the school’s Grade 5 stu­dents, speeches by var­i­ous dig­ni­taries and an emo­tional re­count­ing of the school’s five-year strug­gle to get the play­ground paid for and built.

“It is such a great day,” said Lake­view vice-prin­ci­pal Me­lanie McMur­ray, who acted as em­cee for the cel­e­bra­tion event. “It makes me aware of how much work fam­i­lies have to do to make this hap­pen. We couldn’t have done any of this with­out com­mu­nity sup­port. We had over $500,000 to raise. Over half was from grants, but the rest of it was from our com­mu­nity, from our fam­i­lies, and even from our kids — all who had to raise a lot of money.”

The play­ground will not only ben­e­fit Lake­view El­e­men­tary School stu­dents, said Tif­fany Hill, pres­i­dent of the Lake­view Com­mu­nity Park So­ci­ety and chair of the play­ground com­mit­tee, but all of the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hoods as well.

“I hope it al­lows for fam­i­lies to come and gather, have pic­nics, play to­gether, and spend time to­gether here,” said Hill. “I am be­yond thrilled, and so ex­cited, to see this play­ground fi­nally hap­pen for the kids.”

Her­ald photo by Tim Kali­nowski

Lake­view stu­dents Char­lotte and Is­abelle Gal­lant help break in the new equip­ment at the grand open­ing of the Lake­view Com­mu­nity play­ground at Lake­view School on Fri­day. Grand­par­ents Fran and Brian Roy­croft look on.

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