Morning recess was extra special at Morrin School today (Nov. 22) as the Prairieland School Division opened a new style playground.
It features a number of pieces of equipment that, while fun for the kids, also double as exercise machines.
"One of our focuses in the division this year is health and wellness and so we really want to make sure that we get students started off in the right direction in turns of healthy living (and) healthy lifestyle, and exercise is one component of it," explained Prairieland School Division Superintendent Cam McKeage.
Tuesday's grand opening featured a ribbon cutting by Morrin Mayor Sue Lacher, along with McKeage, Morrin School Principal Don Yavis and Prairieland Facilities Director Kent Spath.
"I think for one individual park we priced it out at, I believe, $20,000," he added. "It's a great deal and we have nine of them going up in the division."
"The funding came in via the Village of Morrin, along with the Makadiff Sports Foundation; Starland County and Ross Rawlusyk brought that to our attention," McKeage expounded. "We had a bunch of student leaders within the division that applied for it and we received $50,000 in that grant, plus the contribution from the Village of Morrin and the contribution of Prairieland."
The superintendent said he had already tried some of the new equipment and he believes kids will play on it without even realizing they're getting exercise.