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Big Valley playground recieves swing upgrades

The grant will greatly expand the swings at the school
Michelle Brown (front left) presents a cheque for $5,000 to the Friends of Big Valley playground committee and a few of the kids who will be doing more swinging in the fall.

Thanks to a community grant funded by ADAMA Canada, the playground at Big Valley School is getting a boost.

The grant through the ADAMA Stomping Grounds program has award $5,000 to the Big Valley School playground renovation project, which will double the swings available at the school.

“We’ve been upgrading our playground over the past couple of years and had plans for one bay of swings, but thanks to ADAMA’s donation we will be adding two more bays plus a disc swing,” said Christy Rivett, chair of the Friends of Big Valley playground committee in a release.

“Part of this process was to ask the kids what they wanted in their playground and upgrading the swings – and adding the disc swing in particular – was really popular with the kids. So, when we got word we were awarded the grant it was really exciting for us to be able to add these extra swings for the kids to enjoy for years to come.”

The school was notified in April that it had been selected for the grant and ADAMA are business manager Michelle Brown attended the school at the end of May to meet some of the students who would be impacted by the grant, as well as make a presentation to the school.

“Most of the projects that apply come to us through a referral from one of the ag businesses in the area that we work with, so I usually know a bit about them ahead of time,” said Brown, in the release.

“Christy was actually referred to our program from the playground company, so it was a bit of a surprise, and after meeting Christy and the kids I am so excited for them.”

Brown's job keeps her on the road regularly, and she notes in the release that she looks forward to swinging back through Big Valley when the installation is complete. 

“It’s going to be really neat to drive by the school and see all the kids on the playground and know that our company made their day a little more fun,” said Brown.

 “That’s what Stomping Grounds is all about.”

ADAMA is a Canadian agricultural community crop protection supplier.