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Funds approved for Two Hills Mennonite School playground

Two Hills Mennonite School gets $250,000 for playground

TWO HILLS - Provincial funds have been approved for a playground at the Two Hills Mennonite School.

During the Jan. 13 school board meeting, board chair Heather Starosielski announced that $250,000 had been approved for the school. She noted the funds were somewhat "unexpected" since the division had previously been told the school did not meet the criteria for playground funding.

Trustee Ruven Rajoo thanked MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk for her efforts in securing the funds for the school. 

"She has gone above and beyond on this file," said Rajoo.

In attendance at the board meeting, virtually, was Two Hills Mennonite School Principal Ryan Morey. He also expressed his gratitude for the funds.

Starosielski recommended the school seek input from Ashmont School, since that school also received funds from the province for its playground in 2020.

"It has been a journey and a half," said Starosielski, speaking on the school site overall in Two Hills. Exterior work on the school has been ongoing for a number of years, and issues to correct things like a swale that crosses through the school yard, have plagued the project

When funds were announced for Ashmont School in the spring of 2020, Starosielski had noted at the time she felt other area schools would benefit from the funding also, mentioning specifically Two Hills Mennonite School and Mallaig School.

During the Jan. 13 meeting, Starosielski reiterated that she felt there were inadequacies when it comes to playgrounds throughout the division, with other play structures also in need of being replaced. 

"Alberta Education provides grant funding of up to $250,000 per school to support the construction of a playground for eligible projects," according to the Government of Alberta.