Come out for a work party this weekend at Signal Hill Elementary as the new playground is installed. Bring your shovels and rakes, get the playground bedding in place for opening May 14, and enjoy a free hotdog lunch.
“We are hoping to see many of our parents and students at the playground with shovels and rakes to do some clean up around the site,” says SHE PAC Co-Chair Sheena Fraser.
For the past three years, the Signal Hill Elementary School PAC has fundraised for the playground.
Currently, over 250 intermediate school kids have 6 swings and an old climbing structure to play on.
Last May with the help of the Rotary Club of Pemberton, the PAC installed an Outdoor Classroom/Education Circle.
This weekend, under the guidance of volunteer Project Managers Murphy Construction, more playground equipment will be installed. As will 6 park benches, funded by local business and the Lil’wat Nation, Growing Great Children, Lions Club and Women’s Institute.
The equipment was selected by the intermediate students as part of a school project that included researching playgrounds, surveying their fellow students, building playground models and presenting to the PAC, School Board and even the Village of Pemberton. It also included learning about fundraising, and rattling the local money trees with selling baked treats, Poinsettias, oranges and cookie dough, supporting the Father/Daughter Dance and even filling in a grant application for funds from the Village of Pemberton’s Community Enhancement Fund.
A $30,000 grant from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation/Fairmont Foundation also helped launch the project.
In September, phase 3 of the project will get underway – the greening of the playground, with the planting of trees and some shrubs for shade. Irrigation has already been installed as part of the Outdoor Classroom Project. A $5000 grant from Tree/Canada will purchase 13 trees and $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Whistler Environmental Legacy fund will cover the cost of the materials/supplies/equipment time and labour for planting the trees.
Another shout-out goes to the Signal Hill Energy Ambassadors, particularly Sara W, Elsie W, and Lauren K, three Grade 4 students who won the Science World BC Greening Games and have generously contributed their winnings of $1500 to the tree planting project.
Says Fraser, “We are still looking for contributions and support in any form as the more in-kind support or donations we receive the more funds we can allocate to the purchase of more or bigger trees.”