Spitzee Elementary School has an old and worn down playground, so members of the school community, which includes teachers, staff and parents have been working hard on bringing a new playground for the kids to enjoy.
The proposed playground costs around $350,000 and the committee will need at least half of that to receive the big grant they are hoping get, which will match what they raise.
The Spitzee playground committee had started fundraising a few years ago. They have $21,000 in their playground fund and have $27,000 from casino fundraisers that they hope to use for the project, but need more to make this a reality.
Of course with the pandemic, fundraising has become a lot more difficult.
“In the past we have focused on fundraisers within our school community but have decided to ask the High River and area community for their help,” said co-chair of the Spitzee playground committee, Alison Brown.
“We have now kicked it up and would love to reach our goal in time to break ground later this year or early next year. It is an ambitious goal but one we feel is possible with this town behind us.”
“This playground is going to be a much needed gift to the current and future students of Spitzee.”
“These times are strange ones, but I think it is going to be a beautiful thing to see kids mixing and playing on our new playground when we are able to once again come together.”
Vice-Principal of Spitzee and admin support for the project Bill Holmes spoke of the importance of making this project a reality.
“With people in the committee moving away and money needed for other projects, it kind of got put on the back burner,” said Holmes.
“We are making another concerted effort to get this going again, because the current playground is literally falling apart.”
This project is of course for the kids.
“It will be a huge benefit. Every recess it’s the main area where the kids like to come out and play,” said Holmes.
“After school, the playground is full, not only with kids from our school, but the community as well.”
“It is the oldest playground in High River and the ugliest.”
The playground helps in many different ways and is not just for having fun. It helps with their mental capacity, how to do math, how to figure things out and of course the kids will be getting physical activity, which is also important for children.
The committee has found unique ways to fundraise during the pandemic. They did a pop can collection where people brought in pop cans to school instead of going door to door and they raised $1,000.
They have done 50/50 online auctions, which raised $2,500.
The Lions donated $5,000 towards the project.
“I think that this project is a labour of love for all of us,” said Brown.
“I think what is going to get it done is High River and the people of High River.”
To donate towards the project:
For charitable receipt of cheques over $100.00 please make them out to: foothills school division #38 Memo : spitzee playground.
Other Cheques taken to servus credit union for Spitzee Playground.
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Donations over $350.00 will have name recognition on our playground sign.
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