They’ve got heart

Sa­cred Heart Academy closer to play­ground be­com­ing a re­al­ity

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FARRELL POL­I­TICS

Sa­cred Heart Academy in Marys­town is clos­ing in on its goal of con­struct­ing a new play­ground.

Re­cently the school was se­lected as one of the grand prize win­ners of the Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund.

The project was se­lected un­der the Com­mu­nity Health cat­e­gory in the up to $50,000 fund­ing level.

“We were ac­tu­ally con­tacted a week be­fore,” ex­plained prin­ci­pal Cindy Pope. “Orig­i­nally the mes­sage that we had was that they were look­ing at do­ing some site vis­its to some of the fi­nal­ists.”

The project, a “Play Space with Heart” was an­nounced among the list of 30 fi­nal­ists back in Novem­ber.

“So we pre­pared for a meet­ing, the play­ground com­mit­tee and mem­ber of the school coun­cil, we met (at the school)” Pope said.

The fund­ing se­lec­tion com­mit­tee sug­gested that they speak over the phone, not­ing that they were un­able to visit all lo­ca­tions for what was be­ing called a site visit.

“We thought the meet­ing was ba­si­cally go­ing to be us try­ing to sell our project,” said Pope, who added they had pre­pared to ar­gue why it was im­por­tant that the project be se­lected to re­ceive the fund­ing.

“Turned out it was just them no­ti­fy­ing us that we ac­tu­ally were go­ing to be a re­cip­i­ent,” said Pope.

She added that they were asked not to make it known un­til the or­ga­ni­za­tion had of­fi­cially an­nounced the grand prize win­ners on Dec. 6.

“As you can imag­ine we were quite ex­cited, it was great news,” she said.

The school had ap­plied last year in the $50,000 to $100,000 fund­ing level but were un­suc­cess­ful in the ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing.

Pope ex­plained that prior to this, through fundrais­ing ef­forts and other grants that they had re­ceived at the school, had raised ap­prox­i­mately $46,000 to re­place aging play­ground equip­ment.

They re­ceived most re­cently a $2,500 grant from the com­mu­nity health fund.

Last week they were no­ti­fied by CLAC (Lo­cal 63) one of the stu­dents par­ents — Jamie Cull – put forth their name as a nom­i­nee for some of the awards they do as part of their bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties pro­grams. So from the CLAC they re­ceived an­other $2,500.

The school also re­cently part­nered with Sco­tia Bank 1for a match­ing grant. Pope ex­plained that for every $5 ticket sold for this years Christ­mas con­cert, Sco­tia Bank matched it.

“It’s a nice fundraiser be­cause it’s an event that we’re do­ing any­way,” she said.

Pope said they are hop­ing to have the new play­ground equip­ment in place be­fore the end of the school year.

“If not, than for sure by the fall,” she said.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

This photo was taken back in Jan­uary at the Sa­cred Heart Academy play­ground show­ing Kris­ten Nor­man get­ting some help from Madame Young to re­move the snow from her boots. Now the play­ground it­self will be get­ting some help thanks to some grants and fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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