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Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims, Goldstone Park Elementary PAC president Amit Sharma, Surrey Board of Education vice-chair Terry Allen and principal Laura Grills cut the ribbon at the official opening of the school's new playground.
The rainy weather didn't dampen spirits at Goldstone Park Elementary as the Surrey school celebrated the official opening of its new playground.
Grade 7 students Jaya Khattra and Anaya Kumar spoke about how great it is to have the new playground.
Terry Allen, vice-chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education, said playgrounds not only promote physical activity, but help students learn by improving attention and decreasing stress and anxiety.
"It also improves motivation—helping kids try things they might not normally be inclined to try," he said, speaking to students and parents. "I hope you enjoy this new playground and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on the local community."
Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims took the opportunity to explain the role of government to students and helped celebrate the new playground.
An official ribbon cutting took place on the playground prior to students having some time to play on the new equipment.
The Ministry of Education announced funding for the new $90,000 playground last March. Surrey's Westerman Elementary and Strawberry Hill Elementary also received playground grants. Westerman's was recently completed, Strawberry Hill's is scheduled to be done in March 2020.