St. Martha Catholic School to install fully accessible play structure

St. Marth Catholic School will install an accessible play structure (pictured) as part of its Playground Rejuvenation Project. Submitted image.

St. Martha Catholic School has announced their “Playground Rejuvenation Project” will now include a fully accessible play structure to support the outdoor enjoyment of all students.

The kindergarten to grade 8 school, located at 455 St. Martha Street in Kingston’s east end, shared that this rejuvenation project has been a primary focus of the Catholic School Council fundraising this year and could not have been possible without the generous grant from the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund.

According to a release from the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund (PCBF) is mandated to provide “support, benefits and assistance to the residents of the community by developing and fostering community spirit, promoting organized athletics, arts, education or civic emergency.”

A rendering of the reverse side of the accessible play structure to be installed at St. Martha Catholic School in Kingston’s east end. Image via CanadaHelps.org.

“We are blessed to have been awarded this grant money for our playground rejuvenation project. This grant will go towards our fully accessible play structure which will benefit all learners in our Catholic school community. It is important to our Catholic school community to ensure equity of opportunities for all students and having a fully accessible play structure allows us to fulfill this vision,” said Lisa Bickerstaffe, Principal of St. Martha Catholic School.

“On behalf of all students, staff and families at St. Martha Catholic School, I want to thank the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund for supporting this project.”

In the release, the board issued a thank you to the St. Martha Catholic School Council, which applied for the grant in January 2023.

While this grant contributed to a large portion of the equipment, ALCDSB said that the Catholic School Council is still fundraising money for the remainder of the cost of the play structure and overall project. More information on the project and fundraising can be found on the St. Martha Catholic School Playground Rejuvenation Project page on the CanadaHelps website.

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