$2,200 boost for play

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struc­ture for sev­eral years that can be used be­fore class, dur­ing re­cess and lunch, af­ter school and on the week­ends,” Fox said.

The fit­ness struc­ture will also have wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble fea­tures to make sure ev­ery stu­dent can be in­volved.

Stu­dents that are in mid­dle school had the op­por­tu­nity to vote on which pieces of equip­ment they would like to see on the new play­ground, Fox added.

“North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre is the recre­ational hub of the com­mu­nity for mid­dle­and se­nior-aged stu­dents and a play­ground will be a great ad­di­tion to the school com­mu­nity,” said Fox. “Seg­ments of the play struc­ture will be wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and the com­mu­nity will have full ac­cess to the play­ground year-round.”

Funds for the project were raised from the Jimmy Rogers Me­mo­rial Hockey Tour­na­ment played at the Can­ning rink March 24-26. Ev­ery year, the tour­na­ment is played and funds raised from it are do­nated to a cause or project that the or­ga­niz­ers de­cide is the best fit. Over $2,200 was raised from this year’s event and will go a long way in de­vel­op­ing the play­ground, Fox said.

Sev­eral NKEC stu­dents helped out at the event from sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets, help­ing out the with the can­teen and clock man­age­ment. Gra­cie Tay­lor, a Grade 8 stu­dent at NKEC who helped with the tour­na­ment, ex­plained what the sup­port for the fundraiser was like: “The com­mu­nity sup­port was great, a lot of peo­ple turned out and there was a lot of ex­cite­ment in the build­ing.”

The tar­get com­ple­tion for the new play­ground and fit­ness struc­ture is June 2018 and it will be built on the mid­dle school side of the fa­cil­ity. The new ad­di­tion will also ben­e­fit Can­ning Recre­ation, as it will have ac­cess to the play­ground as part of sum­mer­time pro­gram­ming.

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