Students at Pleasantdale School in Estevan have been enjoying their new playground equipment since it first opened at the start of the year.
A grand opening celebration was held for the play structure on September 5 during a back-to-school barbecue hosted by Pleasantdale's school community council (SCC). There was a ribbon cutting, and a plaque was unveiled to pay tribute to businesses who supported the equipment's purchase.
The structure cost about $60,000.
“This night for us represents two years of a lot of work,” Pleasantdale principal Michelle Smart said while children scampered around the play equipment a few feet away. “(There have been) a lot of laughs, very few tears, but a few, and a lot of generous people who do everything they can to support the children in our community.
“I have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of the people in the Pleasantdale community and the city of Estevan.”
It's not just parents and businesses who have helped out. Hundreds of people who don't have a connection to the school have backed the purchase of new play equipment at Pleasantdale, whether it's through donations or volunteer work.
Smart noted that the night before the ribbon cutting, eight yards of sand were delivered were delivered to the school. Volunteers, including a family that doesn't attend the school, helped spread out the sand so that the job would be finished before the grand opening.
Volunteers also helped to set up the playground equipment, which wasn't an easy task, Smart said.
School community council president Kim Toombs said the play equipment has been well-used since it was constructed, and it is a welcome addition to the school, due to the age of the other structure.
In her speech, Toombs applauded Smith for her dedication and support in making sure the playground project happened.
“You have been one of the hardest-working women that I knew,” Toombs said.
Councillor Chris Istace, who was part of the ribbon-cutting, said that projects like the playground fundraiser teach children about the value of getting involved in the community and supporting initiatives.