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The students at Discovery School are hoping they can earn enough votes to win a $100,000 playground makeover. (Discovery School)

A tiny school tucked away on 4052 Wilkinson Road is in need of a new playground, but it needs some help from the community to make it happen.

Discovery School, a school where students with learning disabilities receive individualized instruction, is one of 10 finalists for the BCAA Play Here competition.

The public can cast their votes for the project they support the most, and the play place with the highest number will win one of three makeovers worth up to $100,000.

Discovery School works to help children with learning needs be successful in their school careers, and currently enrols 76 students from grades three to twelve—all of whom make use of the school’s deteriorating playground.

Issues with the playground include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Portions being taped off due to concerns around safety of aging equipment
  • Snapped cables holding the climbing net, making it unusable
  • Top bar of the swing set starting to bow, especially when all four swings are in use

With 10,292 votes at time of writing, Discovery School still has a bit of ground to make up before voting closes. (The leading candidate, Ecole North Oyster School near Ladysmith, has around 34,200 votes.) Amy Strachan, a teacher at Discovery School, hopes the local community can rally together to put the school over the top.

“Our special kids really deserve a great, safe space to play and regroup—a place that is not rusted and falling apart!” she said.

Voting is open to B.C. residents 19 years of age and older until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on June 17. Each voter may vote once each day (12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m.) with a Facebook, Twitter, Google and/or email account.

Full contest rules and regulations are here.

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