Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023. 11:26 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Today, St. Joseph RC School in Belize City inaugurated the first phase of its new playground, which was donated through the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and the Edmonton Rotary Club of Alberta Canada.
The official handing-over ceremony took place on the school compound on St. Joseph Street this morning, which included the monkey bars and slides. The playground area was also sectioned off and lined with six inches of white stone which the builders say will make it a safer space for the children in the event of a fall.
Claudia Avilez, Principal of St. Joseph School, explained that the inauguration was initially planned to be a singular event, but heavy rains over the weekend forced a phased approach, with the swing set to be installed before the end of the month.
She added that the playground will be used for the school’s entire student population, a total of 841, children between Infant 1 to Standard 6. The school’s 32 teachers and school wardens will be supervising playground use in a shift system.
Iselma Martinez, President of the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise, said that the launch was a momentous occasion because it marks the first playground that the Sunrise club has taken the lead on.
“We will have the signing of the MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) today, where the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and the school will sign an agreement to maintain the playground,” Martinez said.
Marcus Muhs, Lead for the Edmonton Rotary Club of Alberta Canada, also weighed in on the inauguration, saying that the end goal is to ensure that all schools in Belize have proper playgrounds installed.
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