Un­wa­ver­ing sense of pride

The Compass - - OR­THTE -

The kids them­selves picked out the play­ground equip­ment through a dotmoc­racy. They placed dots on im­ages of play­ground equip­ment they’d like to have and the ma­jor­ity vote de­ter­mined the se­lec­tion.

“Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity was one of the things that was part of our project so that all kids could come and play, it’s not just a school play­ground, but a com­mu­nity play­ground.”

Sur­pass­ing their fundrais­ing goal has al­lowed the school to ap­proach the project holis­ti­cally, go­ing be­yond just play­ground equip­ment.

“We are look­ing at the whole child and hop­ing to de­velop the whole child,” said Reid.

More than a play­ground

At 2:45 p.m., with all the work com­pleted, Acre­man held a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony hon­our­ing their “he­roes.”

The soc­cer field was ded­i­cated to for­mer teacher Craig Shute, who passed away sud­denly in 2010.

“He was very much in­volved with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties as a gym teacher and ev­ery­body who had him as a teacher spoke highly of him. I know if he were here to­day he would be so proud of what is hap­pen­ing,” said Reid.

The out­door class­room was ded­i­cated to Ce­cilia Maulawin, for­mer mu­sic teacher, who re­sides at Glen­brook Lodge, St. John’s. She was able to watch the day un­fold via live In­ter­net broad­cast.

Dr. Fred Brett (de­ceased) lived and worked next door to Acre­man for many years and the school thought it fit to ded­i­cate the play­ground in honour of the doc­tor.

“He was first re­spon­der for so many years for all the peo­ple in this area, and a vet­eri­nar­ian too, I’m told, as well as a doc­tor, and a phar­ma­cist.

“The Peace Gar­den is ded­i­cated to all the vet­er­ans from the four com­mu­ni­ties,” ex­plained Reid, “and we’re work­ing re­ally hard at get­ting a mon­u­ment to go there in recog­ni­tion of all their sac­ri­fice and heroic en­deav­ours.”

At one side of the school, vol­un­teers cre­ated a labyrinth.

“Peo­ple some­times think it’s a maze; it’s not a maze,” Reid noted. “It’s a path that ac­tu­ally sym­bol­izes our jour­ney through life, the way you go in is the way you come out. We come across ad­ver­sity, lots of cir­cum­stances, health, fi­nan­cial is­sues, what­ever, there’s al­ways a way out. It was very sym­bolic for the com­mit­tee dur­ing the whole project.”

Through­out the project there was an un­wa­ver­ing sense of pride and own­er­ship.

“Peo­ple will not be able to drive by this area and not feel like they have a stake in it. So you won’t have to call the RCMP to come and check things out be­cause peo­ple are go­ing to cir­cu­late and make sure that things are taken care of.

“It has been amaz­ing, to­tally amaz­ing.” she added. “Be­ing a teacher here, I can’t wait to get out here.”

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