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Quesnel’s Riverview Elementary secures funding for a new playground

The school is one of 26 to receive provincial funds from the playground equipment program
The aging playground at Riverview Elementary school has been standing for at least a decade.

The government of B.C. is funding a new playground at Quesnel’s Riverview Elementary school.

Riverview Elementary, along with 25 other schools across the province, is getting $195,000 in funding to go towards the new playground. The province had a similar program in 2023 which funded 25 playgrounds across B.C. with 20 of those being completed.

“The government has supported students and families, allocating $40 million toward new playgrounds at 282 schools, benefiting more than 70,000 students,” a news release by the Ministry of Education said. “Every school district has received at least one playground since the program started in 2018.”

Dragon Lake Elementary received funding for its new playground in 2021, Red Bluff Elementary received funding in 2020 and Voyageur Elementary received funding in 2018.

“These are spaces where children can truly be themselves, where they express their joy, and learn valuable social skills,” said Minister of Education Rachna Singh in the news release.

Deanne Caldwell teaches grades 2 and 3 at the school and said she’s happy to see that the playground has a focus on accessibility.

“I’m really excited because (the current playground) is old and unsafe and I’m excited about a change,” Caldwell said. “Kids need to play. It’s important. They can learn from play, they learn to get along.”

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About the Author: Austin Kelly

Born and raised in Surrey, I'm excited to have the opportunity to start my journalism career in Quesnel.
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