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May 17, 2023 at 10:01 am  Politics, Provincial

PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says students at Alberni Elementary and Denman Island Community School will soon be playing on new accessible playgrounds, thanks to $195,000 each in provincial funding.

“When kids play outside during the school day, they get the benefits of fresh air, exercise, and building friendships with their peers,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “These new playgrounds at Alberni Elementary and Denman Island Community School will be great for kids of all ages in our region.”

This year, New Democrats are investing $5 million in 25 new accessible playgrounds for 25 school districts across the province. Playgrounds are expected to be designed, built and installed in the next year.

Playgrounds help kids stay active outdoors while learning to cooperate, build conflict resolution skills, and overcome challenges. Playing outside reduces anxiety and improves focus, helping kids to learn in the classroom. This funding will reduce parent-led local fundraising that was previously needed to build playgrounds.

Since 2018, the New Democrat government has invested $35 million to fund 256 new playgrounds at schools throughout the province, benefiting more than 63,000 students.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28774

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