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More money for Evans playground

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Gabe D'Archangelo, principal of Evans elementary, informs his students that they were not one of the top grand prize winners in the 2013 Aviva Community Fund, but they did receive $5,000.
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The money keeps adding up for Evans elementary's playground project.

Following the bittersweet announcement last week that the school had not been selected as a grand prize winner for the Aviva Community Fund grant, but would instead be walking away with a $5,000 finalist prize, the school district stepped up to the plate.

Chilliwack school district has allotted $7,000 for the playground project, as per the annual playground funding provided by the city.

District superintendent Evelyn Novak told The Progress Evans elementary was not getting preferential treatment.

"This is our standard practice," said Novak.

Every year the City of Chilliwack provides the school district with $21,000 for playground upgrades, which is then distributed to schools based on need.

This year, Evans received almost $6,000 from that fund, plus an extra $1,100, which was donated to the school district specifically for the Evans playground and held in trust.

"We're given this money by the city to help with our playgrounds because they recognize these playgrounds are community playgrounds as well," said Novak.

With this boost in funding, the school now has almost $30,000 for the inclusive playground that will cost $98,000.

The school hopes local business and individuals will continue their support.

For more information, or to donate, contact the school at 604-858-3057.

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