Parent Amoreena Davie, who helped entertain Dorothy Peacock Elementary students during their walk-a-thon on Friday, enjoys being silly for the kids. (Bob Groeneveld/Langley Advance Times)

Dorothy Peacock kids walked for new playground

Students’ walk-a-thon raised $15,000 to bring the school close to its goal for new play equipment

The last unrefurbished playground in Walnut Grove is doomed.

Students did five kilometres worth of walking around Dorothy Peacock Elementary’s sports fields and play area to raise $15,000 towards the 20-year-old playground’s destruction… so it can be rebuilt better, and with greater accessibility for a couple of students with disabilities at the school.

Students, staff, and the Parents Advisory Council put themselves on the road to a better playground four years ago, explained PAC president Tanya MCLachlan.

She said the price tag for a new, safe, and accessible primary playground is about $96,000.

By the start of this year, their fundraising activities had built up a nest egg of $55,000. They were helped along with some significant donations, including $5,000 from the Walnut Grove based Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise.

The walk-a-thon goal was to raise $10,000… and when it was announced at a school assembly that the students had raised $15,000, the cheers may well have been heard across Walnut Grove.

McLachlan said the school’s 492 students raised the walk-a-thon money themselves, with their own bakes sales, neighbourhood door-knocking, and “asking their family and friends at spring break.”

One girl, she said, set up a lemonade stand on the sidewalk at the corner of the school grounds and raised $150.

The girl raised hundreds more by other means, as well, said McLachlan. “She was one of our top earners.”

The school and its PAC are hoping a fun fair later this month – “a kind of carnival thing,” said McLachlan – will fill up the playground account.

They expect to have the new facility in place for the kids for the coming school year.

The fun fair will be held at Dorothy Peacock Elementary on May 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Just Posted

Bradner hosts 100th annual May Day celebration

Parade and country fair take place in Abbotsford on Monday, May 20

United voice calls for more senior services in Aldergrove

‘The people here deserve more’ says founder of the local Seniors Resource Fair

Aldergrove’s water park opens to public at discounted rates

Though the pool remains closed, the Township has decided to charge a toonie for admission

Fraser Valley pup trained in Aldergrove co-stars in A Dog’s Journey

Film premiers this weekend, starting Friday in Canadian theatres

Homeless woman unsuccessful in lawsuit against government

A Langley homeless woman tried to sue Victoria and Ottawa

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

The father and two youngesters fell down a steep and treachorous cliff while hiking on Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop

RCMP have closed Fraser Highway down to traffic from 152 Street to 88 Avenue

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Most Read