Ma Murray school playground fundraising complete

A major donation from NorthRiver Midstream has completed fundraising efforts for a playground expansion at Ma Murray school.

Construction on the accessible playground is slated to begin in July, and ready for students and community use by the fall, the school district said Tuesday.

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“I was very ecstatic when we were told that NorthRiver Midstream was going to fund the remainder of the project and our school will now have a brand new all inclusive playground for our children and the community to enjoy," said Ma Murray PAC President Christine Kraeleman. "I will never be able to express how thankful the PAC is to make our playground dream into a reality."

Ma Murray school, named after pioneering newswoman and Alaska Highway News founder Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray, was opened in fall 2018.

Significant volunteer and community support came together to push fundraising efforts over the last two years.

“Many of our employees live and work in Fort St. John, and supporting the community is important to us at NorthRiver," said NorthRiver COO John Soini. "There are few places where you can see community as clearly as when kids play on a playground. I’m really looking forward to the playground opening later this year and providing children of all abilities a place to play and just be kids.”

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The amount of the donation was not disclosed.

The school district had sought provincial funding in early 2018 to support expanded playground construction ahead of the school's opening, but was denied.

Local fundraising efforts were supported over the years by school community efforts, as well as support from the Rotary Club of Fort St. John and other corporate donors.

“I am humbled by the generosity of North River Midstream for providing the much needed funds to build our school an accessible playground," said Princial Kathy Scheck. "The PAC has worked extremely hard to find the support for this playground and have diligently worked on fundraising for this substantial investment in our community. We are so looking forward to the installation this summer and the years of enjoyment the students, families and community members will receive from this joint project."

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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