Early Wednesday morning, students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and press came out to Simon Fraser Elementary School in eager anticipation of the opening of the new playground.
Simon Fraser Elementary is a single level school, accessible to all students; however, the old playground was inaccessible to some students due to its woodchip surface.
"We're celebrating the completion of a significant project and the total inclusion of all students at our school," said Bonnie Kent, Principal Simon Fraser Elementary.
The parents of Simon Fraser worked to raise over $65,000 to replace the woodchips with a new rubberized foundation that makes the playground accessible to all. The money was raised through direct appeals to the parent community, events including parent nights, game nights, bake sales, plant sales, gift card sales as well as grant writing.
"We even had a coin drive and the students emptied their piggy banks," said Kent. "It was wonderful".
As the ribbon fell, all students including those with mobility issues or who are wheelchair-bound raced onto the playground. The hard work and effort of parents had clearly paid off. The new playground brought many smiles
and laughter, and as one young boy said, "It's really cool, even if you fall down it doesn't hurt!"
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