Yorkview Public School didn’t capture the grand prize, but it did receive $12,000 from a national contest to help get kids moving, which it will earmark for its Outdoor Play Enrichment Program.
The Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue area school was one of 10 finalists in GoodLife Kids Foundation’s Win 4 Kids contest, which gave away a total of $100,000 to programs helping Canadian youth get active.
St. Jerome School in Regina, Saskatchewan, took home the top prize of $25,000 when the results were announced Saturday, March 5. Yorkview was one of three $12,000 winners, and three prizes each of $8,000 and $5,000 were also awarded. Winners were decided based on online votes.
“We were very excited to be part of such a fun and worthwhile endeavour,” said Yorkview principal Robert Radovski. “Thank you everyone for voting, and promoting our efforts with your friends, family, and co-workers. Our success in this project is due to the great partnership between the school, our school council, and the greater Yorkview community.”
The junior kindergarten to Grade 5 school saw its play structure closed off last spring due to disrepair, which had deteriorated to the point it was no longer safe for the 490 students to play on, Radovski previously told The Mirror.
After putting in a replacement request to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), an amount of $75,000 was committed for a new play structure, with the cost also covering resurfacing the play area, installing drainage and the planting of new trees.
The school then decided to hold a fundraiser, with the goal of raising $25,000 to add to the amount approved by the TDSB. The Yorkview Play Structure Committee came up with a structure wish list, which includes twisty slides, a rock climbing wall, and monkey bars. The fundraiser, which began in the fall and wrapped up Dec. 11, raised $11,000.
The new play structure should be up and running by this spring, Radovski said.
With the Win 4 Kids grant, Yorkview plans to purchase equipment for lacrosse, cricket, softball, soccer, flag football, ultimate frisbee, golf, tennis, and track and field, he said.
“Our ultimate goal is to get Yorkview students physically active, and promote a healthy lifestyle with family,” Radovski said.