Published on October 28, 2013
Upper Stewiacke Elementary School students are very happy with the new playground equipment that was installed this summer. Front, from left, are Isabella Johnson, Cydney Crowe, Owen Mason and John MacKay. In back is school principal Pam Ellis. SUBMITTED
Published on October 28, 2013
A combination slide, climbing ladder and monkey bars are part of the new playground equipment at Upper Stewiacke Elementary School.
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A new playground structure and swing set is a big hit with students at Upper Stewiacke Elementary School this year.
“The monkey bars are challenging,” said Grade 2 student Owen Mason. “You grab onto the bars and try to make it right across to the other side. It’s difficult to do because your arms have to lift your whole body. But I can do it!”
Added Grade 4 student John MacKay: “I can make it halfway across the monkey bars. I find the slide really fun, too. It has waves and when you come down it’s kind of like the ocean. You can get some good speed up. Just about every day I play on the new equipment. I enjoy the new swings too.”
The new structures replaced the former playground equipment, which were made mainly out of wood and no longer considered safe for the students to play on.
This had prompted the Home and School committee to launch a playground fund-raising campaign two years ago.
“The Home and School (committee) is always raising money for good causes and to help the kids,” said third-year Upper Stewiacke school principal Pam Ellis. “Through ticket sales, fun fairs and dime auctions they were able to raise part of the funds we needed to cover new equipment.”
Realizing more funding was needed, Ellis applied to both the Municipality of The County of Colchester and the Department of Health and Wellness for grants, which produced an additional $15,000.
“We realize that without the Home and School’s help and then the grant process it would have taken at least four or five years to raise the kind of money needed for quality playground equipment,” said Ellis. “Students now have a play structure that benefits many levels of fitness.”
Ellis described the new equipment as being strong, safe and sturdy.
“We have 51 students from Grade Primary to Grade 6 and most of them use the new swings, slides, monkey bars and climbing ladder,” she said. “A favourite for sure is the monkey bars where students take turns and help each other across. There’s lots of co-operation and support shown by the students when they’re playing on the new playground structure.”
Cydney Crowe and Isabella Johnson are also thrilled with the additions.
“I know the exercise we get on the playground is good for us,” said Crowe, 10.
Added Johnson, 11: “I enjoy the monkey bars a lot. But, I also have fun climbing the ladder which has a pole in the middle that you use to pick yourself up. A lot of other students often tell me they enjoy the new equipment too.”
Sharon Dickie, an administrative assistant at the school, enjoys seeing long lineups taking advantage of the new equipment.
“The kids are very good, they wait quite patiently,” said Dickie. “It’s important that the children are getting their fitness and exercise and it’s always good to see kids outside playing. As for the popularity of the monkey bars, I can’t do them. You can quote me.”
Lyle Carter’s column appears every Tuesday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a column idea, contact him at 673-2857.