Vote for the new École Agnes Davidson School Community Playground to ensure the Aviva grant is directed to help kids in Lethbridge play and thrive. It is imperative that the community rallies behind this project and votes online, as only the most popular online voted 30 proposals receive funding. Every year Aviva Canada provides $1 million to create positive change in the community through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online funding competition. This year there are 454 project entries, and this is the only one from the Lethbridge area. The $1 million grant is divided between the top 30 projects, based on votes from the website. These finalists are reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges who choose the winning ideas. The grand prize winners will receive up to $100,000 for their charitable project. Voting starts October 11 and ends October 28, so it is imperative that people don’t delay. Start voting, share and encourage friends and family to do the same.
École Agnes Davidson School in South Lethbridge is the home of mascot Aggie the Dragon, as well as Lethbridge’s oldest school playground, one of the only remaining wooden playground structures in the City. With the school’s overwhelming growth in the last decade and a student body of over 700 students, double the average elementary student body size in Lethbridge, the school and local community is in dire need of a playground upgrade and replacement.
This project involves the replacement of the aged wooden playground with an innovative and differentiated dragon themed structure. It is designed to include all seven senses of a child’s play, and provide accessibility for all students. The playground is used not only by school students but also by groups, organizations and children in the surrounding neighborhoods. The playground is located in the heart of the Agnes Davidson neighborhood, supporting the communities of numerous South Lethbridge neighborhoods, particularly those partitioned by Scenic Drive, such as Tudor Estates, Chinook Heights, and Park Royal. The playground is also used daily by numerous community organizations such as It’s A Blast Program and Boys & Girls Kinder Club South.
The new inclusive playground structure plus resurfacing of the adjoining playground cost is significant at $600,000. Currently the Agnes Davidson School Parent Fundraising Association has raised just over $200,000 from various grants, donations and other fundraising activities. The goal is to raise the full amount by early 2017 to ensure the new playground is implemented in the summer of 2017.
Help the community receive the grant by voting for the new Lethbridge playground now on dragonpark.net!
For more information on the École Agnes Davidson School community playground please contact:
Karen Smith – School Council Member