$2,200 boost for play
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.