Green’s Har­bour school cel­e­brates 40 years

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Acre­man Ele­men­tary held two cel­e­bra­tions May 22 to com­mem­o­rate its 40th an­niver­sary - one dur­ing the af­ter­noon and an­other dur­ing the evening.

The af­ter­noon pro­gram fea­tured per­for­mances from the Pri­mary and Ele­men­tary choirs, as well as a slide show with pho­tos from the past 40 years.

The high­light of the af­ter­noon was the ap­pear­ance of the man for whom the school is named - John Acre­man — who gave the au­di­ence a his­tory of how the school came to be.

Acre­man was head of the UC School Board for New­found­land when the school was built.

“He has al­ways main­tained a close con­tact with Acre­man through­out the years,” said Prin­ci­pal Patti Collins-Yet­man.“He spon­sors the Acre­man Award for male and fe­male Grade 6 Stu­dents of the Year, which re­wards aca­demics and school cit­i­zen­ship.

“Mr. Acre­man has made a lot of con­tri­bu­tions in the area of ed­u­ca­tion and it was an hon­our to have him at the cel­e­bra­tions,” she said.

Dr. Al­bert Trask, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor with East­ern School District, brought greet­ings from the school board.

The evening cel­e­bra­tion fea­tured a slideshow, greet­ings from John Way, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer of the West­ern Re­gion of East­ern School District as well as mes­sages from for­mer teach­ers, lo­cal church groups and MP Scott An­drews.

Rev. F. John Adams, who was the chair of the lo­cal United Church School Board, when Acre­man first opened in 1969, en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with his own mem­o­ries of when the school was built.

A paint­ing by lo­cal artist Dar­rell Yet­man, de­pict­ing the school as it cur­rently stands was un­veiled.

Cake cut­ting cer­e­monies were held at both events with cakes made and dec­o­rated by Jen­nifer Antle. Many par­ents do­nated food for the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

“The evening cel­e­bra­tion was a time for for­mer and present staff mem­bers and stu­dents to re­con­nect and re­live many fine mem­o­ries,” the prin­ci­pal said.

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