Play­ground will serve four com­mu­ni­ties

The Compass - - OPIN­ION -

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.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Judy Cumby, whose twin daugh­ters Bri­anne and Leanne at­tend Acre­man, per­forms”i Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.

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