Government invests in fun

Recess, when it returns, will soon be a lot more interesting for eight public schools in the Okanagan.

Alex Wenzel does her best to traverse across a set of monkey bars. Premier Christy Clark announced Friday that eight Okanagan middle schools will receive $50

Recess, when it returns, will soon be a lot more interesting for eight public schools in the Okanagan.

Premier Christy Clark has announced $8 million will go towards 44 new playgrounds and playground upgrades for schools across B.C.

“Learning continues outside the classroom and playgrounds are a venue where kids come together and learn from each other through play,” said Clark.

Const. Neil Bruce Middle School and Glenrosa Middle School in West Kelowna will each receive $50,000 for a new playground.

“These new playgrounds will be a great way to enhance the school experience for all students in Kelowna,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

KLO Middle School, Springvalley Middle School, Dr. Knox Middle School and Rutland Middle School are the Kelowna schools identified as not having a playground; therefore, they get $50,000 each for new playgrounds as well.

“Playgrounds are not just a resource for students at these schools; they are an important part of our communities,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson.

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick was also pleased with the announcement.

“Encouraging students to be active and healthy is important: Playgrounds help achieve that,” said Letnick.

McNicoll Park Middle School and Skaha Lake Middle School are the Penticton schools to benefit from the funding.

“These playgrounds will be an essential addition to the schools in Penticton,” said Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff.

The $8 million will come over two years and is being funded to ensure that every public elementary and middle school, province-wide, has a playground for their students.

Currently there are 1,347 public elementary and middle schools in B.C. Forty-four of those have been identified as having no playground equipment at all.


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