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New schools to get $250,000 provincial playground grant

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All new and replacement schools in the province will soon be able to get a $250,000 grant for a playground. That includes two in the City and County of Grande Prairie.

The Alberta government announced Friday that $20 million will go to all new schools announced between 2014 and 2018 with kindergarten to grade six students. Replacement schools approved for 2017/2018 can also apply if being built in a new location without a playground already there.

“Building a playground at the same time as a school is being built just makes sense,” explains Education Minister David Eggen. “I am proud that our government is working to protect and improve education, and this includes the interactions and activity that students take part in outdoors.”

Here in the Grande Prairie area, Whispering Ridge Community School and Roy Bickell Public School are eligible. Any other schools announced next year will also be part of the program.

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In the past, coming up with the funds for playgrounds was often left up to parent and community groups. They can still fundraise for extra cash if they want a more expensive structure. However, they can’t receive any other provincial grants.

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