MLA Kahlon welcomes new playground for McCloskey Elementary School in Delta

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DELTA – Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon welcomes a new accessible playground for students at McCloskey Elementary School, thanks to $105,000 in new provincial funding through the Playground Equipment Program.

“Outdoor play is a crucial part of kids’ learning and development, and it’s important that play spaces be safe, open, and accessible to all kids,” said MLA Kahlon. “For too long, kids’ access to quality playgrounds at school has been dependent on parents’ ability to fundraise — this funding helps to break down that barrier.”

The provincial program also funded a new playground at Chalmers Elementary last year.

The new Playground Equipment Program announced last May by Premier John Horgan and Minister of Education Rob Fleming. The program provides up to $5 million each year to school districts to purchase new or replacement playgrounds. This year, 20 schools are receiving $90,000 for a standard playground, and 30 schools are receiving $105,000 for a universally-accessible playground.

In the past, schools’ Parent Advisory Councils would have to fundraise large sums of money for new and replacement playground equipment, and schools without that capability are left without playgrounds. The new fund ensures 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.

The New Democrat government has delivered historic levels of funding to B.C. schools, including the biggest operating and capital budgets in B.C. history, an extra $1-billion in classroom funding over 2016/17, and $2.7-billion over three years to build, expand, and seismically upgrade K-12 schools.

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