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New playground at Labrador Straits Academy

The elementary students at Labrador Straits Academy had a blast at their new playground last week. They included, in no particular order, Hailey Lower, Ashlee Griffin, Taylor Buckle, Noah Buckle, Kaylee Trimm, James Penney, Red Gualberto, Jerry Cabot, Marcus Flynn and Yashveen Gunput.
The elementary students at Labrador Straits Academy had a blast at their new playground last week. They included, in no particular order, Hailey Lower, Ashlee Griffin, Taylor Buckle, Noah Buckle, Kaylee Trimm, James Penney, Red Gualberto, Jerry Cabot, Marcus Flynn and Yashveen Gunput.

Finally, the new playground at Labrador Straits Academy in L’Anse au Loup is developed for student use after a number of years in the making.

The importance of our primary and elementary student’s health and welfare was duly noted by many individuals.

Play is an essential element in the new kindergarten curriculum, and a key factor in the healthy growth and development of all young people. All individuals, including students, staff, parents and other stakeholders view our new playground as a positive for the beginning of our school year and the school in general.

The school’s playground has reached fruition due to the work on many individuals and organizations. It was a team effort that included individual contributions from Kelsey and Miguel Belben, Justin Normore and Victor Belben.

Major supporters of the project included many not-for-profit organizations and local donors, such as the Newfoundland Labrador English School District [Western Office, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Funding Foundation, the Labrador Strait’s Family Resource Center, Eagle River Credit Union’s Staff, Labrador Straits Regional Recreation, Castle, C&T Enterprises and Labrador Straits Academy’s School Council.

It also wouldn’t have been possible without our parent volunteers, community representatives, school’s staff and CYN’s staff for their time and commitment to the playground development.

“We appreciated you taking the time and effort to help lay the ground work for the physical structure where our playground is housed,” said principal Colleen O’Brien.

This project would not have happened without the help and cooperation of all involved, as well as the leadership of Terry Casey, retired principal, and Colleen O’Brien, the current principal.

As the playground is now initially developed the school administration will continue in their plans to further develop, enhance and maintain the equipment for our children’s future use. Look miss, no hands! Taylor Buckle shows a safe and fun way to hang on to the ladder of the structure.

The importance of our primary and elementary student’s health and welfare was duly noted by many individuals.

Play is an essential element in the new kindergarten curriculum, and a key factor in the healthy growth and development of all young people. All individuals, including students, staff, parents and other stakeholders view our new playground as a positive for the beginning of our school year and the school in general.

The school’s playground has reached fruition due to the work on many individuals and organizations. It was a team effort that included individual contributions from Kelsey and Miguel Belben, Justin Normore and Victor Belben.

Major supporters of the project included many not-for-profit organizations and local donors, such as the Newfoundland Labrador English School District [Western Office, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Funding Foundation, the Labrador Strait’s Family Resource Center, Eagle River Credit Union’s Staff, Labrador Straits Regional Recreation, Castle, C&T Enterprises and Labrador Straits Academy’s School Council.

It also wouldn’t have been possible without our parent volunteers, community representatives, school’s staff and CYN’s staff for their time and commitment to the playground development.

“We appreciated you taking the time and effort to help lay the ground work for the physical structure where our playground is housed,” said principal Colleen O’Brien.

This project would not have happened without the help and cooperation of all involved, as well as the leadership of Terry Casey, retired principal, and Colleen O’Brien, the current principal.

As the playground is now initially developed the school administration will continue in their plans to further develop, enhance and maintain the equipment for our children’s future use. Look miss, no hands! Taylor Buckle shows a safe and fun way to hang on to the ladder of the structure.

Thomas Pye, a kindergartener, plays a bit of peek-a-boo between the steps of the new climbing structure at the Labrador Straits Academy playground.
Kindergarteners were big fans of the new playgrounds. This group, which consisted of Thomas Pye, Nicholas Pye, Callie Chubbs, Khloe Smith and Lily Hudson, took a little break after enjoying the monkey bars and climbing structures.

What the Grade 2s and 3s are saying about the playground:

“It's great to have a playground at school because it gets tiring just doing the same thing. Now we can go outside.” — Marcus

“I loved it! I loved the swings and even though I couldn't climb on the monkey bars I hope I can someday,” — Hailey

“I really liked trying to climb o the monkey bard. I couldn't do it very well but I will keep trying now,” — Ashlee

“It's fun! I like the swings because I got to swing right high,” — Joshua

“It's a fun place because I like going on the monkey bars,” — James

“It was just great swinging on the swing. It was fun,” — Yashveen

“I liked the monkey bars because I like climbing,” — Red

Students pose for a photo on a picnic bench in the school yard. They included, in no particular order, Hailey Lower, Ashlee Griffin, Cameron Buckle, Taylor Buckle, Noah Buckle, Kaylee Trimm, James Penney, Red Gualberto, Jerry Cabot, Marcus Flynn, Yashveen Gunput.

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