Basketball Resurfacing Legacy Grant Approved

Posted On Wednesday June 16, 2021

Barriere Secondary has received a $10,000 Legacy Grant which will be used to resurface its outdoor play and learn area.

“If you know anything about Barriere Secondary, you know that we are basketball crazy,” said Principal Angela Stott. “It's been a tough year without our Cougar Classic, in-town competition, Okanagans and a chance to go to Provincials.”

In the absence of these events, Stott said the school and its PAC began to advocate for funding to smooth out and resurface the asphalt area used by students and the community to play basketball outdoors. The project will almost double the playing area for the school.

“We are grateful for the Legacy Grant and the community support we have received,” Stott said. “In addition to some school-based fundraising, we are very appreciative to community donors who have contributed to our fundraising efforts.

“The Legacy Grant has helped to build community, support outdoor learning, and increase physical activity. It is a great day to be a Cougar!”

The Board of Education approved three new Legacy Grants that total $30,000 in its spring round of applications. The funds are from the School District No. 73 Business Company dividend, which is used to provide financial assistance to parents and students through two rounds (fall and spring) of grants each year.

The recipients are Savona Elementary, Barriere Secondary and AE Perry schools.

“These grants are made possible through the success of the SD73 Business Company and the District’s strong fiscal management,” said Rhonda Kershaw, Board Chair. “We look forward to the successful completion of these projects.”

“This is one of the few districts in the province with a successful business company,” said Kelvin Stretch, Secretary-Treasurer. “It’s good to see students and schools benefitting from these grants.”

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