Tri­con El­e­men­tary opens new play­ground

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Oct. 3 was quite a day for the stu­dents at Tri­con El­e­men­tary in Bay de Verde.

They were set to open their new play­ground.

The school was set to have an assem­bly be­fore march­ing out­side to cut the rib­bon and of­fi­cially des­ig­nate the new space open for fun.

School Prin­ci­pal Wendy ClarkeTiz­zard no­ticed a buzz amongst the stu­dents lead­ing up to the big event.

A re­newed en­ergy coursed through the school from one stu­dent to the next.

“You might say there was a buzz,” said Clarke-Tiz­zard.

As the ac­tual event got closer, the en­ergy grew ex­po­nen­tially un­til it reached a break­ing point.

There were whis­pers of ‘the best school day ever’ and other sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments from the stu­dent body.

“It was a re­ally good day,” said the prin­ci­pal.

It did not take long for the stu­dents to test out the new play struc­tures. Be­fore the pieces of rib­bon hit the ground, they were crawl­ing all over the play­ground. “They love it,” said Clarke-Tiz­zard. Th­ese struc­tures have two new slides, of­fer plenty of climb­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and com­bine with the swing set and sand­boxes al­ready in place to form an im­pres­sive look­ing fa­cil­ity.

There are plenty of op­tions for the chil­dren in the re­gion.

Clarke-Tiz­zard said her stu­dents love to get out­doors and this new space pro­vides plenty of op­por­tu­nity for that.

“As long as a teacher will go out with them, they al­ways want to go out­side,” she said.

The school had plenty of help from busi­nesses around the re­gion, with more than a dozen chip­ping in to make sure the dream be­came a re­al­ity.

Their names are set on a ‘ stars of the play­ground’ board at the en­trance of the play­ground.

In the days lead­ing up to the grand open­ing, par­ents helped paint sand­boxes at the site.

“The whole com­mu­nity helped out,” said Clarke-Tiz­zard.

The school raised some $10,000 and the hope is to have a third piece in­stalled in the near fu­ture.

El­e­men­tary in Bay de Verde of­fi­cially opened the school’s new play­ground on Oct. 3.

De­crepit space

Be­fore the new play struc­tures were in­stalled, the Tri­con space was in a state of dis­re­pair.

There were holes on the steps of a slide after ex­ten­sive use by stu­dents, while other pieces were deemed hazardous and quar­tered off from stu­dents.

“It was in such a state,” said Clarke-Tiz­zard.

When it reached that point, the school started the process of re­plac­ing it.

That was last year.

“We’d never dreamt it come to­gether,” she said.

In many places, the school’s play­ground has a big­ger mean­ing. It is the hub for the com­mu­nity and quite pos­si­bly the re­gion.

Fam­i­lies bring their chil­dren there for ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­act with other fam­i­lies do­ing to same thing.

“Par­ents want to be able to sit back and let their chil­dren play,” said Clarke-Tiz­zard.

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Sub­mit­ted photo

Emma Brook­ings-Bursey (front) of Old Per­li­can takes the mon­key bars for a swing when the play­ground was of­fi­cially opened. Be­hind her, Anna March-Mul­rooney pa­tiently waits.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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