$5,000 from Speedy Glass for Mt. Prevost playground

École Mt. Prevost has received an additional $5,000 for its massive playground project.

Speedy Glass has donated $5,000 to the effort, adding its donation to the $125K the school has received as a result of its fundraising efforts through the Aviva Community Fund.

"They were looking for a playground at École Mt. Prevost School and one of the guys who works for me, his daughter goes there," said Speedy Glass owner Ken Matthews. "We were just talking about it.

"The kids just got moved from Duncan El where they had a real nice playground. But it didn’t move with them. I used to be on that school’s PAC [Parent Advisory Council] a couple of years ago when my daughter went there and Marc, my employee, said why don’t we do something about that? So we did. And that was before they won the big money. We didn’t know they’d be getting the $125K."

Matthews said he’s been talking to the Mt. Prevost PAC. "They have great plans. There’s so much land at that school. They’ve just had the survey done this week. It’s going to be a big multi-use, multigenerational project.

"They’re hoping to have the playground up and running by the end of September for the upcoming school year," he said.

Matthews said he hoped other members of the business community would take the opportunity to help out with funding the playground, community garden and other plans for the school site.

PAC chair Adam Clutchey is also delighted that Speedy stepped up to the plate. "This is another huge step for our project. The plans are well under way, we plan to order equipment in April, start ground prepping April and May and start installing everything in the middle of June and install mostly over the summer," he said.