May 17, 2019 2:11 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 2:21 pm

Quebec investing $3M to revamp schoolyards across the province, including 4 English schools

WATCH ABOVE: Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announces a $3 million investment to revamp schoolyards across the province.

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The Quebec government announced Friday it is investing $3 million into revamping schoolyards across the province.

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“We want all our schools to be nice and useful and be in good shape,” said Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.

“All children have the same right to have a nice school.”

Forty-nine school boards will receive money for 140 schools, earmarked for projects like installing of synthetic terrain and planting of trees and shrubs.

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Of those 140 schools, four English schools received funding:

  • Our Lady of Peace Elementary School with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board ($25,000 for a miniature obstacle course and planting trees and shrubs)
  • Souvenir Elementary School with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board ($25,000 for for a miniature obstacle course)
  • Terry Fox Elementary School with the Riverside School Board ($14,131 to install a playground)
  • Dalkeith Elementary School with the English Montreal School Board ($10,169 to renovate and install a playground)

An example of what the Quebec government has planned for École alternative des Quatres-Saisons. It is investing $3 million to beautify schoolyards.

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“It’s not because we prioritize French schools over English. It’s because of the criteria,” said Roberge. “Maybe they didn’t ask for money, I don’t know.”

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The minister also took the opportunity to reiterate that elementary schools students will get two mandatory 20-minute recesses each day starting in the next academic year.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announces a $3 million investment to beautify schoolyards in the province.

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