Acreman’s big day
Green’s Harbour school receives major funding for new playground
Late September is still five months away, but it is a date that cannot come fast enough for the students and teachers of Acreman Elementary in Green’s Harbour.
That is the day earmarked for the completion of a long-awaited new playground for the school and the communities it serves.
During an assembly April 20 guised as a celebration of the school’s talent from past and present, the playground committee surprised the students by announcing the awarding of a Let Them Be Kids helping hand award that will allow the school to construct new playground in the coming months.
Inside the gymnasium, students from the K-6 school were treated to the musical styling of former students of Acreman and parents and grandparents of children currently attending.
Taking their cue from the television show Canada’s Got Talent, the gymnasium lights dimmed and members of the local playground committee held up placards announcing “We’ve Won A Playground Award.”
There was an instant eruption of screams and excitement, followed by the dropping of balloons.
A large screen then descended from the stage, and a recorded message from Let Them Be Kids founder Ian Hill congratulated the school and the four communities that will prosper from the new playground — Green’s Harbour, Hopeall, Whiteway and Cavendish. It is slated to be completed during a one-day build on Sept. 29.
The award was one of 30 given out to communities across Canada, and “allows the dream of a school and community playground to come true,” stated Acreman principal Patricia Collins-yetman.
The committee consists of community members, business owners and teachers who “all share a common goal” of getting a new playground constructed.
“It’s going to be an all-inclusive playground,” said Collins-yetman.
She said the committee hopes the facility will help foster a new sense of community and togetherness amongst its residents.
The beauty of the helping hand award is how it is structured.
Let Them Be Kids provides a 50/50 matching grant, which goes towards the purchase of new equipment as well as support, training and the resources needed to make the project a success.
“Every 50 cents we raise will result in $1 of buying power. We’re halfway there already,” said CollinsYetman.
The principal estimated the job to cost in the $30,000-50,000 range by the time the final bolt has been tightened.
Acreman Elementary students celebrate the announcement that their school will be receiving a new playground during a ceremony April 20.
Former Acremen Elementary student Kathy Stock performs Nickel Creek’s “When You Come Back Down” at the school’s “Celebration of Talent” April 20.