By Marianne Curtis
The children attending the Les Chouettes de Lorette Daycare Center can look forward to some much needed playground improvements now that fundraising has kicked off with a significant contribution.
On May 24, the Les Chouettes de Lorette Daycare Center was presented with a $5,000 cheque from the Lorette Marketplace. The funds are slated to help the facility’s board fix and expand the center’s outside play area.
Juliette Chabot, director at the Les Chouettes de Lorette daycare center says that the group is very grateful for the support. The Les Chouettes de Lorette daycare center opened its doors in 2008. Attached to the Lagimodiere School, the facility is licensed for thirty children ages two to five along with four babies up to two years old. The center also offers a before and after school program for fifteen kids ages 6-12.
“We have not done any improvements yet but we have applied for grants like Community Places,” stated Chabot. “We want to expand our existing play area and we want a natural playground for our children.”
The group also wants to plant trees that will provide shade for the children. Currently the children have a small playground that is low in elevation which fills up with mud and water, Chabot added.
“We also have old storage sheds that keep getting vandalized and our toys and equipment gets stolen,” Chabot continued.
An exact plan has yet to be finalized; dependant on the amount of money the group can collect from all available sources. Estimated costs of the project range from $20,000 to $25,000.
Ron Harder from the Lorette Marketplace presented Jason Adamus, Chairperson for the Les Chouettes de Lorette Daycare Center with a check for $5,000 towards playground improvements.