Sad state at Storybook

This is the third or fourth time in last five weeks the miniature village in Qualicum Beach has been damaged

The Storybook Village in Qualicum Beach has been vandalized three of four times in the last couple of months.

Storybook Village has been vandalized again, with windows in the miniature houses smashed, locks broken and signage damaged.

The child-size village is located at Qualicum Beach Elementary School, a project of the district’s Building Learning Together (BLT) coalition, which supports early learning for children ages zero to six and their families.

Literacy co-ordinator with BLT, Lori Marshall,  said this is third or fourth time in the last five weeks it has been damaged. It makes it unsafe for the preschool kids and elementary school kids who use it on a daily basis, she said.

“It’s just not safe or welcoming,” she said. “And it’s disrespectful to all the volunteer hours that have gone into this.”

Gillian Wilson, the director of instruction with the local school district, it’s all volunteers who run the Storybook Village at no cost to community members, and it’s very sad to see this ongoing damage occurring.

She said she hopes people will become aware of the problem and keep their eyes out for suspicious activity at the site, and report it to the police.

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