MLA Nicholas Simons welcomes new playground for Roberts Creek Elementary

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ROBERTS CREEK – Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons says students at Roberts Creek Elementary are getting a new accessible playground, thanks to $105,000 in new provincial funding.

“Safe and accessible playgrounds are an important part of a healthy learning experience and an active childhood,” said Simons. “Our government is delivering initiatives that strengthen education in our communities, whether that’s increased classroom funding or funding for new playgrounds.”

Funding for the new playground comes from 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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