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Homma School seeks votes for playground project

Students from Steveston’s Tomekichi Homma elementary school were asked what makes a great playground, and used clay, leaves, pencil crayons and tree nuts to craft their visions. The school has entered the Aviva Community Fund contest, and need at least 10,000 on-line votes to make the finals. -
Students from Steveston’s Tomekichi Homma elementary school were asked what makes a great playground, and used clay, leaves, pencil crayons and tree nuts to craft their visions. The school has entered the Aviva Community Fund contest, and need at least 10,000 on-line votes to make the finals.
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As parents know, there are no shortage of fundraisers for school initiatives throughout the school year.

But locals won’t have to shell out a single penny to help out one big Richmond elementary school project.

Little more than a simple click of the mouse can help Tomekichi Homma students get one huge step closer to their dream of a new, more natural playground that touches on the school’s marine environment and its proximity to the fishing village of Steveston.

Homma is taking part in the Aviva Community Fund project (avivacommunityfund.org), a cross-Canada competition organized by the insurance firm, with 30 winners named in each of three categories. A total of $1 million is being given away to create positive change.

Marcie Gray, a member of Homma’s parent advisory council and head of the playground committee, said the school’s existing playground is overcrowded and aging.

“It’s so crowded that there are rules restricting when the older kids can play on the structures,” Gray wrote in an e-mail to The Richmond Review.

Homma’s PAC has hired landscape architect firm Hapa Collaborative to design the school’s new playground.

From Nov. 12 to Nov. 26, locals can vote for Homma by first registering on the site, and then searching for Homma. Or just go to tinyurl.com/HommaAviva.

Just visit the site every day, and click the “Vote Now” button for Homma. To make the finals, Homma will need to secure at least 10,000 votes.

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