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Janice Churchill Elementary held an official opening for their new playground, which was funded through the provincial government's ongoing Playground Equipment Program.
"Who's excited about the new playground?" Janice Churchill Elementary principal Daljeet Rama asked her gymnasium full of students.
Their screams of excitement said it all.
Outside, the spring sunshine reflected the bright smiles of students, staff, parents, community members and special guests who were on-hand to officially open a new playground structure at the Surrey elementary school.
After years of parent and community advocacy and support, the long-awaited, universally accessible playground was made possible after the school received a $105,000 grant through the provincial government's Playground Equipment Program.
Prior to an outdoor ribbon-cutting that included Grade 7 students, a ceremony was held inside the gymnasium for all students to celebrate. The audience was also treated to a student choral performance of Show We Care and rendition of Pachelbel's Canon played on recorder and glockenspiel, under the direction of talented music teacher Cheryl Gallagher.
The event was attended by Surrey school trustees Bob Holmes, Laurae McNally and Surrey-Panorama Ridge MLA Jagrup Brar, who each offered congratulations.
Earlier this year, the province announced another round of playground funding, with Goldstone Park, Strawberry Hill and Westerman elementary schools selected to receive new outdoor play equipment.