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$3.3 million for school playgroundsJune 21, 2012

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$3.3 million for school playgrounds

NEW WESTMINSTER – An additional $3.3 million is being provided for 80 schools across all 60 school districts for the repair, improvement and replacement of playgrounds, Education Minister George Abbott announced today.

This is the final phase of an $8-million playground funding commitment made by Premier Christy Clark and Abbott last September, bringing the total number of schools benefiting from the two-year program to 227 provincewide.

For the first phase of the program, the B.C. government provided more than $2 million to 23 school districts for new playground equipment at 41 schools without playgrounds. Under the second phase, 106 parent advisory councils in 34 school districts were reimbursed over $2.4 million for the purchase of new playground equipment.

The addition and renewal of playground equipment at schools throughout B.C. will promote active and healthy lifestyles by ensuring students and communities have access to safe and modern playground facilities.

With students, parents and school district officials in attendance, Abbott made today’s playground funding announcement at F.W. Howay Elementary school in New Westminster.

George Abbott, Minister of Education – “Our government is committed to providing students and communities with safe and modern playground facilities to promote play-based learning, physical activity and healthy lifestyles.”

“With the final phase of this $8 million investment, our playground funding program has supported new and improved playgrounds at 227 schools across the province.”

Kathy Cassels, executive director of DASH BC (The Directorate of Agencies for School Health) – “Playground activity improves the health and learning capacity of young students in B.C. By repairing, improving, and, where necessary replacing playgrounds, the B.C. government is promoting, supporting and facilitating a healthy schools approach for young learners.”

Learn More:

BC’s Education Plan: http://www.bcedplan.ca/

DASH BC: http://www.dashbc.ca/

Read entire press release: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/06/33-million-for-school-playgrounds.html

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