Printed in Maple Ridge News, by Colleen Flanagan

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Four local schools received grants to further projects that enhance opportunities for student health, fitness and participation in the arts and leadership development.

Two elementary schools and two secondary schools received a total of $10,500 from the Ridge Meadows Education Foundation, made possible by the investment earnings from the Education Foundation endowment fund.

Eric Langton elementary received $3,000 that will go towards sound equipment and to their upcoming production of The Lion King.

Yennadon elementary received $3,000 that will go towards the purchase of stage curtains.

Garibaldi secondary received $2,500 to purchase equipment for their female student health and fitness initiative and Maple Ridge secondary received $2,000 for their youth leadership initiative entitled Creating Change, that seeks to engage youth in addressing critical issues like youth homelessness.

Garibaldi Senior Secondary: $2,500 for equipment for their female student health and fitness initiative

Jaclyn Gibbs with Garibaldi secondary said that students overwhelmingly recognized the need for weight room and cardio equipment for the female population at the school. “Many are looking for a place they can gather with a group of friends and receive some support and advice to move forward with a strength training program,” Gibbs said, adding that they hope to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for students to come and work out, learn some new exercises and start healthy habits.

Maple Ridge Senior Secondary received $2,000 for Youth Leadership Initiative–Creating Change. 

“These projects reflect the significant commitment our educators make to enhance student learning every day and we are very happy to use the funds entrusted to us to support their efforts,” said Dr. David Rempel, president of the foundation.