After only a year, Invermay has its new playground at Invermay School.
The project started last June, and fundraising began last August at the Invermay Fair. Other events were held throughout the following year with the help of several sponsors, and donations were made by organizations and businesses. Grants came through to help out with the funding as well.
Invermay Playground Committee members gathered for a group photo with the equipment they funded. Bottom row, left to right, Lori Fogg (secretary), Penny Castle (school principal), Brenda Carbno (treasurer), Dalice Nelson, Amanda Carlson (project co-chair), Kim Enge (project co-chair). Top row, from left, Cindy Babichuk, Eileen Rioch, Joanne Fidek, Marlene Chodak, Diana Enge, Denise Taylor and Adria Pozniak. Missing is Debbie Penner.
By spring, enough money had been raised to select the structure, and the committee actually chose two structures, making the Invermay playground one of the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan.
“Playgrounds are an essential part of the education process. They help children develop social and motor skills and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Engaging students in play reduces roughhousing and potential bullying. It is a positive outlet for peers to learn and a great community builder,” said committee co-chair Kimberly Enge during the ceremony.
Attending the ceremony were local MLA Ken Krawetz, Invermay mayor Mike Kaminski, and Shannon Leson, representing the Board of Education and Good Spirit School Division. Leson congratulated the committee, school and community for this outstanding accomplishment and confessed himself amazed that so much money was raised in such a short time. Penny Castle, principal of Invermay School, congratulated the committee and presented gifts to the executive members.
“Our students had a part in this journey and they know they have to honour the playground that has been built for them, that is being given to their care. They promise to respect the playground, care for it, and to have lots of fun playing on it,” Mrs. Castle told the audience. To the students gathered to watch the ceremony, she said, “Are we going to take care of it?”
“Yes!” the students replied.
“Are we going to have fun?”
“And what do we say?”
With that the ribbon was brought out and Kimberley Enge and Amanda Carlson cut it for the official opening.
The students were then allowed to play and there was a mad rush toward the new equipment.
All the committee members looked pleased with this response, and seeing the fun the kids were having on the various structures must have made all that work seem worthwhile.
Congratulations to the school and community: May you have years of fun and activity with the new playground.
By Charlene Wirtz