Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Grant Award & New Playground Build Date!

We are thrilled to announce that the MTS Playground Project has been awarded a Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) Grant through the Alberta Lottery Fund in the amount of $95,565!

The Community Facility Enhancement Program has been established to assist in fostering the unique characteristics of Alberta's many communities.  The program is intended to reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries in communities; to empower local citizens and community organizations to work together and respond to local needs.  To accomplish this, the program has been designed to respond to local facility enhancement needs and to work in partnership with community groups and volunteers.  By assisting communities with construction, renovation or redevelopment of community public-use facilities, the Community Facility Enhancement Program will help enhance the quality of life and citizen well-being in communities across the province.

Playground Chair Annika with MLA Art Johnston
With the awarding of this grant we now have all the funds ($196,000) required for our project and can proceed with the building of our playground!  Mark your calendars - our new build date is Sept. 29th- Oct.2nd, though excavation of the site will begin immediately (Sept. 1st- 3rd).  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause on the first couple days of school.  However please be aware that the site preparation is being generously donated by Whissell Contracting at a cost of over $20,000.  We are very grateful for this donation and are working to accommodate Whissell’s very busy schedule.  We appreciate your support in this situation.  Due to safety and security reasons, the area will be fenced off for the duration of the construction (Sept. 1st ~ Oct. 14th; weather permitting).

Please join us in this momentous event by volunteering to help build the playground.  You’ll be doing something great for the children in our school and community!  You can sign up for the build on our website or contact Jaime at mtsplay@gmail.com.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bus Schedules

Less than one week to go now!  For bus students, the schedules have now been posted on the CBE McKenzie Towne School website.  You can link to them by clicking here.  They are also posted on the doors of the school. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Playground Update

We regretfully announce that due to a delay in the CFEP grant funding we will not be having a September 8th playground build.  We do, however, anticipate an early fall build and will communicate the new date once confirmed.  For those volunteers who have already committed to helping build the playground, we thank you and apologize for any inconvenience caused.  If you would like to volunteer for the build or have any volunteer related questions, please contact mtsplay@gmail.com.  For any general playground inquiries, please contact playground@mtsparents.com.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

May Meeting Minutes

The ratified minutes from the May meetings of the MTSC and MTSPA are now available.  Meeting minutes can also be found on the McKenzie Towne School site of the CBE.  Stay tuned for updated information about September's meetings.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Neighbour Grant Awarded

A message from the playground committee:

The playground committee is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $2500 Neighbour Grant from The Calgary Foundation in support of our playground build.
The Calgary Foundation, established in 1955, facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long term benefit of Calgary and surrounding area.  The Neighbour Grant program supports resident-led projects to help create and strengthen the ordinary bonds of neighbourliness.  These grants encourage neighbours, groups and public institutions to engage in dialogue and shared projects.  Please visit their website at www.thecalgaryfoundation.org.

                                              Many thanks to the Calgary Foundation for their kind support!