SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Storm has made it priority to give back to the community and they’re continuing their giving ways by helping out the Parkside Elementary playground project.
Parkside School contacted the Storm over the Christmas break asking for assistance with a playground project. The Storm were able to donate 400 game tickets that students will be able to sell with all the profits going to the project.
“Being active in the community is just as important as our players performing well on the basketball court,” said Bill Schurman, management consultant for the team. “We’ve set a goal to raise $50,000 for the Island community, spanning from Tignish to Souris.”
The Parkside playground project began last year with two small pieces of equipment already installed.
Guylaine Marois, Grade 1 teacher and committee leader of the playground expansion, says that there’s still lot to be done.
“We’re about $80,000 away from where we need to be,” said Marois. “Looking ahead at the rest of the school year we have to do a lot of work to fundraise all that money.”
The school currently has equipment that suits the younger children, but very little is sufficient for the use of students in grades four to six
“We’re focusing on our older students, they’re asking for new equipment so the school is looking into a dome climber,” she said.
Grade 1 student Brennan Smith is excited that his school will be getting an equipment upgrade.
“It’s important to have equipment, we can’t just have a ball field without any equipment in it, that would be weird,” said the first grader.
Smith, along with his classmates, agreed that if they could choose any piece of equipment for the playground they would want another fire pole and a new slide.
Other additions to the school playground will be wheelchair assessable equipment and benching all around the area so classes would have the opportunity to move outdoors during warmer weather.
The Summerside Storm have helped this type of project before at Bloomfield and Belfast schools.
“It’s important to recognize, respect, and give back to the community,” said Schurman. “We wish Parkside the best with their fundraising and the Storm look forward to playing with the students when the playground is finished.”
If interested in helping out with playground funding or any fundraising suggestions, contact Parkside’s main office at 902-888-8472.