New Playground for St Martin De Porres Primary Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

The infant students of St. Martin De Porres Primary School are enjoying a fancy new playground that was donated and assembled by the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Glenora and Edmonton Downtown from Canada.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, Rotarians from Canada and Belize gathered at the school to witness for themselves the joy on the faces of the kids who will enjoy the many attractions of the playground. The structure includes several differently designed slides, monkey bars, ring tossers, a track rider and a talking tube. The last three may be unfamiliar to most Belizeans. The ring tossers are pairs of metal rings that the users grip, use to swing and release to fly through the air. The track ride is a handle extended down from a pipe that the users grip and rides from one side of the bar to the other. The talking tube is a fun piece of equipment. It is basically a megaphone, a device consisting of a pipe stretching from one side of the playground to another. An individual can say something into the megaphone at St. Martin on one end and the other person hears it clearly at the other end. The children are not yet familiar with the three new attractions of the playground; therefore, the various slides are currently the most popular attractions of the playground.

Lyn Young, President of the Rotary Club of Belize, says the playground for St. Martin De Porres Primary is part of three year project in which the Rotary clubs of Belize and Canada are working with Restore Belize in an effort to rejuvenate Southside Belize City. He says when the Government of Canada upgrades playgrounds, the Rotary members asks for the old structures and refurbish them. They then donate them to other countries. Belize is now one of those countries that benefit from the program and Young says he expects to see at least four more locations upgraded as part of the project. The next location will be Wilton Cumberbatch Field in the Yarborough area. The Rotary Club of Belize pays for the shipping of the items. The playground was assembled by Rotarians, teenagers from interact clubs in Canada, St. Johns College and St. Catherine’s Academy as well as staff members of the school. The staff members were also trained on maintenance of the structure. 

Other features of the three year program, according to Young, include contributions to community libraries and computer literacy training. Young says the three year program will cost approximately $400,000.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:16