Englewood School longshot in playground contest

Jim Day
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Englewood hopes to win playground equipment in Rally for Playtime Contest.

It appears Englewood School will come up short in its bid to win a major playground upgrade.

The school is in 11th place out of 1,300 Canadian schools and is the leading school on P.E.I. by a large margin but sits well back of the top two spots that will each earn playground makeovers valued up to $25,000.

Still, Ann Millar hopes against hope that one frantic push of support from Islanders could pull off a miracle victory for the school before the contest closes Saturday.

"It is quite a gap to close in two days,'' says Millar, chair of Englewood Home and School.

So Millar is urging people to click on Danone's Rally for Playtime Contest at www.danone.ca/rally/web/en to log support for Englewood.

"A win would help the playground be a better place for children to be active, play with friends and try new activities,'' she says.

Millar notes that according to the most recent SHAPES data, only 30 percent of youth at Englewood school currently meet national physical activity guidelines - 15 percent lower than the provincial average. 

Students in Grade 4-6, in particular, indicate limited options for outdoor play during breaks. 

To address concerns and increase options for active play, Englewood Home and School recently established a group to create a playground/land use vision, says Millar. 

Measures such as securing school health grants for outdoor games and trail development are being pursued but the funding from the contest would fast track much needed.

 

Organizations: Englewood School, Danone

Geographic location: P.E.I., Englewood

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