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Southwest Arm Academy unveils new playground at school


LITTLE HEART’S EASE, N.L. — Through plenty of hard work, determination and support from the community over the past several years, Southwest Arm Academy now has a new playground.
The project spearheaded by the Home and School Association was about three years in the making. They group raised about $50,000 through sponsors and donations, and further support from everyone involved.
The school officially cut the ribbon to open the playground on Oct. 29. Principal Leon Porter thanked the association for their hard work and presented them with a plaque of appreciation.
The old playground equipment was wooden and needed replacement. It was upgraded by Henderson Equipment with longer-lasting metal structures.
“It’s amazing, because the playground we had there was unsafe,” explained past-president of the Home and School Association Stephanie Sparkes.
“Just to know that our kids are going to be able to go somewhere, get outside, be physically active and be safe while they’re doing it is amazing,” she says.
Sparkes told The Packet children have been using the equipment since school began this year, during free time, healthy living classes and more.
Sparked thanked the community for all the support the association received to make the upgrade possible. A donation wall — with 10 major donors, was established in the school to recognize sponsors.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca
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