Next Step Com­pleted on Sun­ny­side Play­ground

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Weary, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Stanstead

On Satur­day May 30th, over 30 vol­un­teer par­ents, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers came out to help in­stall the new equip­ment in the Sun­ny­side Play­ground. Over the past many years the Sun­ny­side com­mu­nity has raised over $25,000 to re­new the play­ground. The school has re­ceived sup­port­ing grants for both the Eastern Town­ships School Board and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion which to­taled enough to do some sig­nif­i­cant land­scap­ing and to buy three new struc­tures: a mul­ti­ac­tiv­ity ex­er­cise mod­ule, a set of swings and a slide.

Bright and early on Satur­day the team ar­rived and got to work re­mov­ing the old struc­tures, ex­ca­vat­ing the ground, and the com­plex job of as­sem­bling all the parts. By noon we had most of the pieces to­gether, and by 4 pm they were in the ground. It still took un­til af­ter 7 pm be­fore the protective mulch was laid and the play­ground was ready for chil­dren to play.

Mon­day morn­ing there was plenty of ex­cite­ment at school and the stu­dents were lined up to play on the new mod­ule at lunch time. A big thank-you to all the peo­ple who vol­un­teered their time, work, equip­ment, sup­plies and pizza to make the Sun­ny­side play­ground an­other step closer to be­ing done. In the com­ing weeks we will fin­ish the Na­ture Cir­cle and the Meet­ing Cir­cle ar­eas and plant dozens more trees in the fall.

Sun­ny­side stu­dents (top) had fun try­ing out the cool new play­ground equip­ment on Mon­day af­ter vol­un­teers worked in Satur­day’s ex­treme heat (be­low) to in­stall it all.

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