Where will the children play in my neighbourhood?
Our local school–Laura Secord–is trying to win votes for a new playground in a contest held by Aviva Community Fund. Parents at this large inner-city school are doing all they can to get votes online from the community. A couple of days ago, I was delighted to see this video (above) of our dear friend Carmen, who I have known since she was little.
So please take a moment and vote now to help the little children of my neighbourhood. A group of dedicated parents are garnering community support at supportourplayground.org.
Laura Secord Elementary is a large inner city school running at full capacity with 640 students from Kindergarten up to Grade 7. They currently have a very small play structure that is full when a single class of 25 students is outside; when all 27 classes are outside our playground is grossly inadequate.
The school is home to a number of community outreach programs, including Strong Start, Neighbourhoods of Learning and after-school care. Vancouver has very few wheelchair-accessible play areas and Laura Secord would like to be the first school in our area to offer an inclusive play area for kids with disabilities, including physical handicaps and autism.
The goal is to create an inclusive play environment made from safe and sustainable materials that will greatly contribute to the quality of life in the community; a play environment that will attract families outside of school hours and be safeguarded by the neighbours.
The French Immersion catchment area includes approximately 9,000 kids who would be served by the new playground, including an estimated 350 children with disabilities.