Schools reimbursed for playground funding

South Okanagan elementary schools being reimbursed by the province for playground equipment

A pair of parent advisory councils for South Okanagan elementary schools are being reimbursed by the province for playground equipment

Giant’s Head Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council is receiving a $25,272 reimbursement for playground equipment.  The funding is part of $2.4 million to reimburse PACs throughout the province that recently purchased playground equipment for their kids with funds they raised.

“From health from active living to developing team and social skills, playgrounds are integral to early development in students. This funding will help Giant’s Head students stay healthy and have a lot more fun,” said Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff.

The Cawston Primary School Parent Advisory Council is also receiving $20,361 in reimbursements for playground equipment.

“Playgrounds are much more than just a place to swing, slide, climb and play. For a lot of students, they are the centrepiece of their school and their favourite part of the school day.  These playgrounds will be essential additions,” said Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater.

This reimbursement recognizes PACs for their hard work and commitment to students. The money is part of the $8 million over two years that Premier Christy Clark announced in September for new playgrounds, reimbursements, and playground upgrades, repairs and replacements.