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Friday, February 23, 2024

Local parents raising funds for Chemong Public School

BY VANESSA STARK

A local team of parents are fundraising to purchase new playground equipment at Chemong Public School in Bridgenorth.

Aleisha Robbins-Lee, a mom of four, took on the fundraising project two years after an old climber was deemed unsafe and was removed from the junior playground at the school.

Robbins-Lee has three children that use the junior playground and one that uses the senior.

After the removal of the climber, no other equipment was installed to replace it.

Robbins-Lee did say that currently there is some equipment in the junior playground such as a small climber, some swings, and a slide. However they are really looking to replace what was taken down to give the kids more options.

Robbins-Lee said, “They’re (the students) are bored. I have three kids of my own that play in that playground and they seem to complain a lot that there’s nothing to do. And I do realize that when I grew up, kids didn’t have any of that stuff. But it would be something else for them to do and it’s kind of sad that they had to take one down and they never really replaced it.”

They are aiming to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the new equipment (estimated at $75,000) and the installation which is hoped to be completed by the end of summer in 2025.

She explained that, although the local parents are the ones organizing the fundraiser, they have very little say on what equipment is purchased or who installs it. They are working together with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board who will ultimately have the final say.

The group has already raised over $5000 but have a long way to go in meeting their goal.

To donate or to find out more information about the fundraising project, reach out to Robbins-Lee at 705-312-7260 or at atrobbins-lee@hotmail.com.