Homma's playground expands for students

A newly expanded playground at Homma elementary school was celebrated by kids, parents and members of the community who had a hand in installing the likes of a new tube slide and some monkey bars.

As children squirmed from the new equipment as quietly as they could during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, Homma playground chair Cheyna Conder thanked those who contributed to the addition, which is said to be needed to serve the more than 500 Homma students. 

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The 25-year-old school had previously seen one addition to its original playground that still stands.

Parents donated $17,000 for the expansion and grants were received from G&F Financial, Royal Bank, Coast Capital Savings and Credit Union and O’Hares Pub.

More than 30 parents built the playground with help from school district maintenance staff and Rempel Brothers Concrete.

The new equipment was installed in June and has been a hit in the neighbourhood ever since.

School administrators Susan Roy, Karen Lin and Pam Essex cut the ribbon to officially open the playground, allowing the kids to get down to business.

New playgrounds are not typically funded by the school district and are largely dependent on PAC fundraising.

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