Acreman Elementary receives Indigo-chapters grant
$19,000 going towards new books and library system said principal
The promotion of reading and the benefits it has with young children was one of the messages promoted at an assembly at Acreman Elementary in Green’s Harbour, Nov. 16.
Acreman Elementary principal Patricia Collins-yetman said the purpose for the assembly was to “toot our own horn.”
“Today, we are celebrating a couple of really, really big wins for our small school,” she said.
Acreman houses students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, totaling 83 students.
The biggest win for the school comes in the form of $19,000 grant from Indigo-chapters for the Love of Reading Foundation.
“All of this is possible because we have great staff here, and we have fabulous students here as well,” said CollinsYetman in her opening address.
Senior education officer Ray Noel brought greetings from the Eastern School District.
“I’d like to commend Miss Collins-yetman and the staff at Acreman for these wonderful achievements,” he said.
Noel encouraged students to continue with their love of reading, and for their parents to continue to push their children to read.
“When I read to my grandson moms and dads, I can turn something that is a book into a real experience,” he said. “There are all kinds of noises and actions you can make and that is the challenge I put out to you this morning.”
The grant money will be paid out to the school over a period of three years.
“To put it in perspective, Acreman is a small school and that is a tremendous amount of money,” said Noel.
Noel said some of the larger schools would have to receive grants of upwards to $200,000 to parallel the amount of money Acreman is receiving over the threeyear period.
To be considered for the grant, Collins-yetman said schools have to develop a proposal, speak about the different literary programs available to the school as well as propose future literary projects for the school.
“Then you get a phone call from Indigo hoping that you have won,” she said with a laugh.
The grant money is divided into a $5,700 credit at Indigo-chapters to be used at any time and $600 for purchases towards the library.
“We have until May to spend this year’s money and then in April, we get the next portion,” said Collins-yetman. “Spending it shouldn’t be a problem though.”
The principal does not know if any left over money will be added to the next installment , or if it just goes away, but she will have to fill out an annual report for the money Acreman has spent. “So there is some accountability,” said Collins-yetman. The $600 will be going toward the purchase of a computerized library system, she stated.
Plans are for a complete overhaul of the reading material available to the students of Acreman Elementary, with the help of the $5,700 credit.
“We’re going to have $19,000 in new books for the library,” said Collins-yetman. “We want to keep adding and keep the momentum going.”
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale was invited to attend the festivities, but could not make it.
In her place, Trinity-bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson made an appearance.
“This is one of my favourite parts … getting out to the schools because they are our future,” she said after taking the time to read with some of the students during a reading period during the assembly.
Johnson said it was wonderful that the school was able to win the award from Indigo-chapters.
“A thank-you to Chapters and a huge congratulations to you guys for being the only school in the province to win the award,” she said.”
A smartboard bonanza
To go along with the Indigo-chapters grant, Acreman was on the receiving end of another award.
Collins-yetman said the school will be receiving a $4,500 smartboard from the Bell Aliant Pioneers. “It is the Cadillac of smartboards,” she said. This announcement comes on the heels of the provincial government’s announcement of the purchase of 1,934 new smartboards for schools across Newfoundland. The announcement was made two weeks ago. “Students are in the age of technology themselves … and to have something that responds the way that they are used too … I think it means a lot, and it is going to add a lot to their curriculum,” said CollinsYetman.
Christa Hunt joins her daughter, Emma, in the reading of “Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure” at Acreman’s reading assembly Nov. 16.