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Sunnyside Elementary School Celebrates its
Playground Make Over!
Stanstead, June 9, 2016 – The students at Sunnyside Elementary School have another reason to be active and love the outdoors with the upgrades and improvements to their school playground. Students will now reap the benefits of an investment, made jointly by the school community, the Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) and the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) of over $70,000.The new installations and upgrades are designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in a fun and safe environment for all the students of Sunnyside Elementary School.
The project, which has been in the works for ten years, has been a labour of love for the staff and parents of the school, who have worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed. “Being in a small community, the challenge to raise the necessary funds was great. Spanning over a ten-year period, we have parents and students involved in this project, who may no longer have a direct attachment to the school. Through the efforts of some key players we have kept the project going in spite of this, and that is a true testament to the community spirit and support for the school and its students”, expressed Steve Weary, Principal of Sunnyside Elementary School.
The initial investment for the project was broken down with $23,306 from the MEES under the measure Embellissement des cours d’école 2013-2014, $23,306 from the ETSB under the same measure and $46,613 from the school community. To date improvements totalling $64,144 have been completed with the balance of the work scheduled for completion over the summer months.
With a view to the west of Mount Orford, Owl’s Head, Jay Peak and Lake Memphremagog, Sunnyside Elementary enjoys a prominent position in Stanstead. The students who had been taught at Stanstead College prior to 1950 arrived at Sunnyside Elementary School on September 10, 1952 to continue their education in one of the most modern schools in the province. In 1959, after being enlarged substantially, Sunnyside assumed an even greater role in the three villages as the new Sunnyside High School. From 1969, when Alexander Galt Regional High School opened its doors, to the present, Sunnyside has continued to serve the needs of the English community of Stanstead as an elementary school.
Student Enrolment: 111
Staff: 11 Teachers
Support staff: 8