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School district giving kids a new place to play

Cowichan children will soon get a chance to discover a magical town complete with miniature versions of a restaurant, fire station, boat and dock, Coast Salish story telling village, tree house and cave, and fitness, health, pet/vet and construction centres and more.

And that's thanks to folks at the School District 79 who've been working together with community partners to come up with the Children's Play & Discovery Centre concept.

"Children’s play is critical to their learning and we are grateful for the partnerships we have developed in support of the Children’s Play and Discovery Centre," said assistant superintendent Sheryl Koers in a press release. "Once completed, this centre will be a stimulating environment that will engage many families and children in the Cowichan Valley."

The centre is expected to officially open in April and will welcome folks to drop by at no charge in the mornings, five days a week with an early childhood educator on hand to facilitate learning.

It will be located in portables next to the Vancouver Island University campus, alongside the Trans Canada Highway where the old ball fields used to be.

"I am very excited to be involved in this project," said community liaison Candace Spilsbury. "We all know how important early learning is to a child’s success in life and this Centre will provide that opportunity for children in the Cowichan Valley."

Additional volunteers are welcome to join - individuals, organizations, agencies and or clubs - to help create this special project. For more information, contact Sheryl Koers at 250-748-0321.

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