Quebec spending $3M to fix up 140 elementary school yards across the province

Some Quebec elementary schools will be getting a makeover for their school yards in time for back-to-school in the fall.

The Quebec government announced it's spending three million dollars to fix up 140 school playgrounds belonging to 49 school boards across the province.

The money will go towards things such as new equipment, repaving of asphalt, synthetic turf playing fields and more trees and greenery.

Each school will get revamps worth anywhere between $3000 and $25,000.

JEAN FRANCOIS ROBERGE

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Schools in the Montreal area that will benefit include six in the Commission scolaire de Montréal and six in the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

Four schools in three English school boards will be getting subsidies:

- Dalkeith Elementary in the English Montreal School Board
- Terry Fox Elementary in the Riverside School Board
- Our Lady of Peace and Souvenir elementary schools in the Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board.

Education minister Jean-François Roberge said this is just the beginning, promising "more millions" starting next year to decontaminate and fix up more school yards.

Roberge said this is in line with his new recess policy which obliges elementary schools to hold two 20-minute recess periods a day as of this fall.