MLAs Ja­grup Brar and Ravi Kahlon wel­comes new play­ground for Jan­ice Churchill El­e­men­tary in Sur­rey and Delta

The Miracle - - Politics - By: Man­veer Si­hota

SUR­REY Sur­rey-Fleet­wood MLA Ja­grup Brar and Delta North MLA Ravi .ahlon said stu­dents at Jan­ice Churchill El­e­men­tary in Sur­rey and Chalmers El­e­men­tary in Delta are get­ting a new play­ground, thanks to 105,000 in pro­vin­cial fund­ing to each of the schools an­nounced by the Premier and Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion to­day. “For far too long, the bur­den of pay­ing for qual­ity, safe, and ac­ces­si­ble play­grounds at school was put on par­ents to fundraise,” said MLA Ja­grup Brar. “Par­ents of stu­dents at Jan­ice Churchill El­e­men­tary can rest as­sured that our govern­ment will pro­vide fund­ing to build a new play­ground to al­low chil­dren to play in a safe and ac­ces­si­ble play­ground.” “Par­ents al­ready lead such busy lives, and hav­ing to fundraise tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for school play­grounds adds to the stress,” said MLA Ravi .ahlon, “To­day’s investment will help re­lieve some stress for par­ents at Chalmers El­e­men­tary, and pro­vide stu­dents with a qual­ity, safe, and ac­ces­si­ble new play­ground to be en­joyed for years to come.” This fund­ing is part of a new, on­go­ing Play­ground Equip­ment Pro­gram that will pro­vide up to 5 mil­lion each year to school dis­tricts to pur­chase new or re­place­ment play­grounds, and ful­fills a cen­tral NDP cam­paign prom­ise. This year, 26 schools are re­ceiv­ing 0,000 for a stan­dard play­ground, and 25 schools are re­ceiv­ing 105,000 for a uni­ver­sally-ac­ces­si­ble play­ground. Gen­er­ally, schools’ Par­ent Ad­vi­sory Coun­cils have to fun- draise large sums of money for new and re­place­ment play­ground equip­ment, and schools with­out that ca­pa­bil­ity are left with­out play­grounds. The new fund will en­sure that kids don’t have to suf­fer for years with in­ad­e­quate or un­safe play­ground equip­ment, and that par­ents can fo­cus their en­ergy on their chil­dren’s suc­cess. Play­grounds are im­por­tant for chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment and learn­ing. They en­cour­age out­door phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and help stu­dents learn how to share, work to­gether, over­come chal­lenges and be cre­ative. Out­door play can help stu­dents fo­cus and learn more ef­fec­tively in the class­room.

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