Fifth an­nual Salem Sum­mer Send-off set for Satur­day


Want to make a big splash this week­end?

Then plan on join­ing the Salem Home & School As­so­ci­a­tion as it in­vites the public to at­tend its fifth an­nual Salem Sum­mer Send-off on Satur­day, June 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Salem Ele­men­tary School, 70 Queens Rd.

This fam­ily-fo­cused com­mu­nity build­ing fundraiser is the per­fect way to cel­e­brate the fin­ish­ing up of an­other suc­cess­ful school year, while get­ting ready for the sum­mer to come.

And for the first time ever, the Salem Sum­mer Send-off will have a dunk tank.

Some con­firmed par­tic­i­pants in­clude: Salem vice-prin­ci­pal Matt Ri­p­ley, Sackville town coun­cil­lors An­drew Black and Ali­son Butcher, man­ager of recre­ation pro­grams and events Matt Pryde and lo­cal hockey coach­ing great Matt Estabrooks. There may even be a sur­prise guest or two.

Or­ga­niz­ers have also been busy plan­ning a day of full of good fun and ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

Among the many planned ac­tiv­i­ties are: a pet­ting zoo and sheep shear­ing demon­stra­tion by Cat­tail Ridge Mar­ket, a “Touch-a-truck” venue, a bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing, and live en­ter­tain­ment high­lighted by a Salem Grade 4 tal­ent show. A bar­be­cue and can­teen will be on site and op­er­ated by mem­bers of the Sackville Ro­tary Club. The many sched­uled com­mu­nity part­ners to be in at­ten­dance are: the Town of Sackville, Mount Al­li­son sum­mer camps rep­re­sen­ta­tives, EOS Ecoen­ergy, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville Youth Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion, Tantra­mar Scouts, the Sackville Public Li­brary, Sackville Schools 2020, Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust, Sackville Arthive, Wild Won­der, Struts Gallery, Sackville Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and Mid­dle Sackville Bap­tist Church. You can get a li­brary card, make some art or play a game while learn­ing more about what these groups of­fer to lo­cal fam­i­lies over the sum­mer. All this is made pos­si­ble in part by a spe­cial events grant from the Town of Sackville.

There will be also be a used book sale, bake sale and teacher dessert walk, fish pond, raf­fle bas­ket and even spe­cial Salem Sum­mer Send-off/canada 150 T-shirts for sale. Pro­ceeds from these fundrais­ers will be used to sup­port the ini­tia­tives that the Salem Home & School As­so­ci­a­tion funds in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the staff and ad­min­is­tra­tion of Salem Ele­men­tary.

So come join the fun this Satur­day at 70 Queen’s Rd. and help the Salem Home & School As­so­ci­a­tion con­tinue to fund field trips and projects through­out the school year – like last fall’s Paint the Play­ground 2.0 and this spring’s stu­dent ini­ti­ated New Soc­cer Goals.


Brian Don­caster points to some of the fea­tures in the Mu­sic Barn, a 160-yearold struc­ture he ren­o­vated 10 years ago to serve as a mu­sic venue.

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