Playground will serve four communities
How it started
Acreman teacher Cathy Reid made the initial contact with Let Them Be Kids.
In November, Reid browsed the foundation’s website after she was directed to it by Natasha Mercer with Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.
The videos of other communities that had won struck a chord with her.
“I watched the video and I couldn’t hold back the tears,” she said. “As I watched, I could see the parents of our children there. I could see our community members and our fire departments.”
Fuelled by the connection she felt with the people in the video, Reid filled out an application.
The group had to go through a series of interviews with Let Them Be Kids before they were selected.
The children choose
Over the next couple of months, a unique scenario will be unfolding at Acreman as students begin the “dotmocracy” process for selecting playground equipment. This will ensure a fair and democratic selection program.
This is scheduled to happen May 4.
The playground will be located on the grounds of Acreman Elementary, but the sense of pride generated by this new facility will be felt throughout the area.
All four communities that feed the school’s population will be touched by it.
“Our small communities are going to pull together for the sake of the kids and great things are going to happen,” said Reid.
The playground will be “space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy a safe and healthy environment,” added Collins-yetman.
“We hope that residents of all four communities will volunteer to be a part of an … event that will see the vision come together.”
Margie Higdon performs during Acreman Elementary’s “Celebration of Talent” at a special ceremony April 20. The ceremony brought in former students, parents and grandparents who have a connection to the school for performances.
Judy Cumby, whose twin daughters Brianne and Leanne attend Acreman, performs”i Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.