PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.– The Port of Prince Rupert is strengthening the foundations of early learning in the community with its latest Community Investment Fund contribution.
With a $9,000 contribution from the Fund, the Prince Rupert Growing Space Society was able to replace its supply of play mats. The centre’s floors, well-worn due to the centre’s popularity, require an extra layer of padding to ensure children have a safe landing for inevitable trip-ups.
The Society welcomes more than 200 visitors a week to its Ocean Centre Mall location, where they learn new skills by using the indoor playground, crafting area, and diverse collection of toys and books.
“We were able to replace the mats we purchased more than seven years ago with more durable, safer flooring that will meet the needs of children in the community for many years to come,” said Elizabeth Melanson, President of the Prince Rupert Growing Space Society. “For many families and daycare providers in Prince Rupert, having a dedicated indoor space to escape the weather and get some extended physical activity is a blessing. And it really wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of community groups and businesses like the Port.”
“The fact that Prince Rupert has a volunteer society like the Growing Space is a testament to the importance placed on early childhood education and development in this community,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “The work of this thriving family centre has supported childhood growth and maturity for several generations. It is a joy to sustain that legacy through our Community Investment Fund.”
Born as a volunteer mom-and-tot group at the Civic Centre in 1975, the Growing Space ran at various locations in the community before settling in at its current location in Ocean Centre Mall in 1984. It has since become an important community asset for parents and caregivers of young six and younger.