The Port El­gin rink project


On Port El­gin Re­gional School grounds, a new rink is be­ing built. With lit­tle to no in­for­ma­tion be­ing re­leased, we’ve taken it upon our­selves to in­ter­view the prin­ci­pal of Port El­gin Re­gional School, Mr. Becker.

When asked about the date in which con­struc­tion will be­gin, Becker stated that: “As of right now, we are wait­ing for a fi­nal grant of about $28,000, which looks promis­ing. We’ve al­ready re­ceived a grant from Agri­sphere, which is Farm Credit Canada, and they gave us $20,000. At­lantic Windows has com­mit­ted to $30,000 — $10,000 each year for the past two years; we will be get­ting the fi­nal $10 000 shortly. Cur­rently we have $40,000 and once we get the fi­nal grants, we plan to be­gin con­struc­tion in Oc­to­ber. The to­tal cost of the rink is $62,000.”

The rink would be open to the pub­lic.

Becker said, “It will be open to all peo­ple of Port El­gin and be­yond. It will not be closed to the pub­lic even dur­ing school hours.”

We then asked about what the per­sonal in­ten­tions of Becker were and the things he hoped to achieve for mak­ing the rink are.

He replied: “There were two rea­sons: One of them were the deaths of Colby Cal­len­der and Chad Alder (two for­mer stu­dents of PERS), be­cause that made us think that we wanted more for our chil­dren in this com­mu­nity and to do more to par­tic­i­pate and be ac­tive. The sec­ond rea­son,” stated Becker, “was to cre­ate a sec­ond area to teach phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion so that we could do dif­fer­ent sched­ules out­side of this school. Many of the grades K-2 have been hav­ing two classes out­side and that would give us another place to be ben­e­fi­cial to the chil­dren.”

There is a multi-func­tion for the rink.

Becker stated, “It is for ev­ery sea­son: To go rollerblad­ing, play ten­nis, to skate­board, and other ac­tiv­i­ties, so the con­crete can in­deed be used for mul­ti­ple sea­sons.”

Becker also shared with us the ma­te­ri­als the rink will con­sume, in­clud­ing a con­crete base, boarded walls reused from the pre­vi­ous rink, and of course light­ing so that the rink can be used in all hours.

Our school and com­mu­nity would like to thank ev­ery­one who has helped with this project to make Port El­gin Re­gional School and com­mu­nity a bet­ter place. We can’t wait for this amaz­ing project to fin­ish con­struc­tion. We’d es­pe­cially like to thank Mr. Becker, Port El­gin Re­gional School prin­ci­pal, for mak­ing this idea come to life. The rink is an ex­cit­ing project and we’re so happy to get an­swers to th­ese fre­quently asked ques­tions.

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