Robert Ogilvie entering phase 3 of new playground

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Phase one saw the replacement and addition of new swings and tire swing. Robert Ogilvie PAC President Bonnie Anderson says the goal for phase three is $40,000, to purchase teeter-totters, monkey bars, and a climbing apparatus, to replace the old wooden structure now in place.

"It's very rotted out, so that's what we're trying to replace, but we can't take that out until we have that equipment," she explains. "If we can do an all in one climbing apparatus with the monkey bars, that's what we would really like to do."

Thanks to two recent large donations, they are already $5,000 in. T&T Communications have offered to pay for the magician from Vancouver to perform, at a cost of $2,500. PAC member Logan Fisher was also successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from Shell Canada.
Once phase three is complete, the school will focus on making the playground more friendly for younger children as there are no longer grade 7 students. Anderson says the students so far have been very excited about their new equipment, as they helped decide how it will look three years ago.

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"We actually asked all the kids to draw their dream playground, so we've gone totally by children's interest," she explains. "It's kind of an exciting way that way, in that's not just a parent's perspective or a staff perspective; it's an actual child's perspective.
Approximately 100 drawings were submitted, and the features seen most often were included in designs. Almost 90 per cent drew swings and tire swings, so those were included in phase one.

The fundraising magic show is set for Tuesday, October 16, with a show at 4:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. at Robert Ogilvie's gymnasium. Tickets are $10 ahead of time or $15 at the door, and are available by emailing [email protected] or by calling the school at 250-785-3704.

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