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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
October 17, 2007

John M. King School

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to inform the House of the revitalization of the school grounds at John M. King School in Minto. The school grounds play a vital role in a neighbourhood short on green space, yet are sadly underdeveloped.

After well over a year of vigorous fundraising, the first phase of the transformation is set to take place in the next few weeks. This project has been spearheaded by teachers and staff at John M. King School who saw a void in their community fabric and took the initiative to fill it. A true community effort has since unfolded to secure several grants and to raise community funds to bring this dream to fruition.

Approximately $11,000 has been raised within the community; 85 percent of school families have contributed, and significant contributions from former students and members of the community at large have been received as well.

I'm pleased that the Neighbourhoods Alive! program is a major contributor to the project. Neighbourhoods Alive! continues to provide assistance to valuable local development projects such as this one.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create a safe and positive focal point in the community which promotes learning, physical activity and community spirit. Another key objective of this project is to help foster leadership by getting community members involved and giving them a chance to see that they are capable of transforming their community for the better.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to applaud everyone who has contributed to this project. Neighbourhoods truly can work together to turn an ambitious vision into reality. In particular, I would like to recognize the efforts of Sandra Buckberger, a teacher at John M. King School, for her leadership in this project.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.