There’s a happy ending for Thornhill Elementary students after their sports equipment was stolen last month.
Thanks to donations from the community, the students have new equipment to run around with during recess.
“A tragedy as far as stealing from our children turned into something where the community got together and came through for the students at our school,” says principal Surinder Dhaliwal.
All Seasons Source for Sports donated $300 worth of new equipment from the store for the kids to play with. The Royal Purple Elks donated $500, and school trustee Sandy Watson gave $200 for the school to purchase brand new items to fill their custom-made box.
Smiles were on the faces of almost every student as they skipped rope, took out hockey equipment and threw around baseballs during their afternoon recess.
“They play every day, they love it. It’s something new for them,” Dhaliwal says.
The six-foot-long metal box full of outdoor sports equipment was secured with bolts to the ground before it was stolen. It has since been recovered, but Dhaliwal says the school plans on pouring a layer of concrete underneath to further secure the box against any future pilferers.
CORRECTION – A previous version of this article stated All Seasons Source for Sports donated used equipment for Thornhill Elementary students. The Terrace business donated $300 worth of new equipment for the kids.