Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dunk the Teachers Update

Thanks to the Beach Fest Committee, this event was a huge success!  As a result of your support, "Dunk the Teachers" brought in over $600 for our Playground Project! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Mrs. Michelle Chislett-Lahey

Mr. Matthew Worthman

Mr. Ed Penney

Mrs. Jenny Jackson

Mrs. Lori Bishop

Mrs. Melanie Crocker

Tools and Materials

As promised, we are posting a list of tools and materials needed for build day. These items will ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. If you have any of these items at home and are able to bring them on September 29th, please contact any playground committee member or email us at Thank you for your anticipated support.

Each aspect of our Project (outdoor classroom, peace garden etc.) will have its own list so keep watching for updates.

Here are the tools needed for the Playground itself:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sky Family Concert

The SKY family concert was enjoyed by all who attended. They are an exceptionally musical family with a love for God that inspires them to tour the country. Thanks to the Salvation Army Greens Harbour for hosting this night of music and laughter. Your contribution to our Playground Project is greatly appreciated!

Wakey! Wakey! Eggs and Bakey!

The Green's Harbour Lions Club will be hosting another tasty breakfast in aid of Acreman's Playground Project. Drop by for eggs, bacon, bologna, baked beans, toast, and/or toutons. Thank you for supporting their efforts to help make a difference!

  Saturday, September 1st
8:30 am  - 11:00 am
Green's Hr. Lions Centre
Adults $7
Children $3

Monday, August 27, 2012

Beer Bottle Drive Update

Thank you for making this effort a huge success! We exceeded our goal of 1000 dozen beer bottles!! Bay Roberts Distributors picked up our beer bottles today!!! There were 1056 dozen bottles which would have been $1267.20 but Bay Roberts Distributors rounded the number up to $1300.00...thank you everyone!!! (In addition to that there was $125.00 in donations and more beer bottles up by the shed today which we will cash in later)

Overview of School Yard Makeover!

Thanks to Chris George, the image below gives a general overview of what our school yard will look like in only 32 days! Imagine our empty school yard being transformed to include ALL of this!!! Amazing!  Unbelievable! We are closer to our dream than we ever thought possible, and that is because of YOU! Thank you for all you are doing to support our Playground Project! The smiles and shouts of excitement from the children will be make it all worth it!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School Bash

The students are heading back so you are invited out for a night to celebrate. 

Saturday, September 8th
10 pm - 2 am
Green's Harbour Lions Centre

  Music will be provided by Baymen 4 Life.
All proceeds will go towards the Acreman Playground Project.
$10.00 Double at the door.
There will be a 50/50 draw and prizes to be won. 

A Silent Auction has been added to the event.  Items will be announced as they come in.  


Scrapbooking in aid of Acreman's Playground Project

$2.00 pkg (8 random design tags per pkg)

To order, send a message to "" with your full name, number of pkgs you wish to order, and an email address for contact information. You can also find this event on facebook @
All orders must be placed and pre-paid by Sept 15th. Please put the correct amount in an envelope with your name and the quantity that you wish to order. You can give it to Leila Brown directly or Cathy Reid, committee member. Order will not be filled if not pre-paid by Sept 15th.

All tags will be available for pick up or delivery by Early November. If anyone might need them earlier for mailing purposes please specify in your order.

60% of sales will go directly to the playground, the remainder allowing for cost of supplies.
Thank you for your anticipated support!
Thank you, Leila, for giving of your time, talent and treasure!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Land Prep Has Begun!

Thanks to Aaron Hillier and Cory Green, the former site of Ridgewood Jr. High will never be the same again! Many of us can remember how we felt when that school was closed, and how saddened we were that it was eventually torn down. But will be a place where dreams come true. It will be a place for our children and families to spend time together, filled with fun and laughter. It will definitely be a place where "kids can just be kids!"


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Mark your calendars! August 25th will be a Recycling Drive & Beer Bottle Drive in aid of Acreman’s Playground Project. Volunteers will be driving through our 4 communities (Hopeall, Green’s Hr., Whiteway, and Cavendish) picking up any Recyclables and/or Beer Bottles that you would like to donate. We would ask that you have them cleaned, bagged, and placed out by your door or at the end of your driveway where they will be easily spotted. This will eliminate the need to knock on people’s doors. Your anticipated support is greatly appreciated! Keep in mind that the MMSB provides schools with matching grants for the recyclables.

Please note: If you are able to help out with this endeavor please contact Jennifer Hillier at 582-2451. We need trucks, people to pick up and toss the bags in, and volunteers to clean the ones that require it at the Fire Hall in Green’s Harbour. Thank you so much.


The youth of our communities are planning a Band Show on August 28th at the Green’s Harbour Lions Centre, with partial proceeds going to the Acreman Elementary Playground Project. The show starts at 6 pm and admission is $5.00. You must be 13 or older to attend. This band show is going to be the last one for the summer so let’s make it count!

- Michael Crocker (opening with a few tunes)
- Moltres: 6:30-7:30
- Revolution: 7:30-8:30
- DicGina: 8:30-9:30
- A.B.: 9:30-10:30
- Banana Hammock: 10:30-11:30.

Green's Drug Mart Initiative Continues...

Thank you for purchasing a slide, swing or see-saw from Green’s Drug Mart (Greens Hr. location) over the last several weeks. Your gifts of giving have brought in $515 so far.  Please keep in mind that this initiative is continuing into September, so drop by the store and help the staff us. Thank you soooo much!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Our vision would be unattainable if it weren’t for the support from people like you. So many have given of their time and talent to host various events in aid of our project. Others have given treasure directly from their wallets, sometimes even sacrificing to make our children’s dreams come true. Your support does not go unnoticed. Your generosity has allowed our 4 little communities to reach $47,021 in only 4 months! Wow! You guys are amazing!

 As a result of our expanded vision, our goal has increased from $70,000 to $75,000! Without your support, in kind and otherwise, this goal would be much higher. Because of YOU, we can do ALL of this for only $5000 more! Thank you for your continued support over the next few weeks. With only 40 days left, the countdown is on! We are confident that we can do it.....TOGETHER!

Because of YOU...

You see things; and you say, "Why?"
But I dream things that never were;
and I say, "Why not?”
-George Bernard Shaw

Because of YOU, we have been able to dream things that never were; and say, “Why not?”
Because of YOU, we have been able to expand our vision beyond our original one.  
Because of YOU, we are able to make our children’s’ dreams a reality.
All because of YOU!

The support of your time, talent, and treasure has allowed us to provide so much more than we ever thought possible. In the early stages of this journey, we, as committee members, aimed for a playground. But as a result of the overwhelming support we’ve received, we are not only going to provide our children with a playground, but an upgraded soccer field, an outdoor classroom, a peace garden, and a labyrinth! It is indeed going to be an Extreme Play Yard Makeover!!! Thank you so much!

Our Vision...Because of YOU!

Playground: As initially planned, we will provide a safe and inclusive playground, complete with picnic tables, garbage/recycling can, and benches. It will be a welcoming place for families to come and connect. As you will see from the NEW AND IMPROVED DESIGN below, there have been a few additions and adjustments. There will now be toddler swings, an inclusive swing and a couple additional standard swings. Because this play area is for ALL children, we have included a wheelchair accessible digger and activity panels that address sensory challenges. There will be a walkway around the inside perimeter of the fencing to allow easier access for wheelchairs and strollers, as well as a place for parents to walk while supervising their children.

Future Site of Playground
Our New and Improved Design

Soccer Field: The field will be grubbed off prior to build day and the necessary loads of topsoil will be delivered in time for spreading on September 29th. There will be fencing installed on the front and back of the field as well. So…get your shovels and rakes ready and join us in making this happen!
Existing Soccer Field
An Outdoor Classroom: The outdoor classroom will be located where the old swings once were. It will include seating and some plants and flowers. We are including a picture below of the existing space, as well as a couple of images of outdoor classrooms. This will help give you an idea of what things might look like.

Future Site of the Outdoor Classroom (where peastone is)
A Peace Garden: This will be a quiet place of solitude and retreat with flowers, shrubs and two park benches. This will be located beyond the far end of the school, between the soccer field and outdoor classroom. A huge rock exists there right now, but it is going to be transformed on build day when it is encompassed with plants and flowers. Just past the rock is a stream of trickling water which adds to the beauty of this space. Below is a picture of the existing space and a picture of what a peace garden might look like.

Future Site of the Peace Garden
A Labyrinth: School labyrinths can serve as an activity zone for students. They can stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving, and act as a tool for conflict resolution. The labyrinth remains a metaphor for the individual's journey through life. While there are many labyrinth designs, ours will be made out of medium sized rocks. The images below will help you envision the possibilities with us.
Future Site of the Labyrinth (where alders are)


Keep watching for a list of tools and materials that you, our volunteers, can help us gather for build day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Small Business Helps in Big Way!

Lorraine Welsh of Nik Naks has proven that you don't have to own a major corporation to make a BIG difference. As owner/operator of this unique little craft/gift shop located in Green's Harbour, Lorraine decided she could help support Acreman's project through ticket sales on various items, and we sure are glad she did!

One Newfoundland & Labrador sparkle bracelet & earring set won by Flora Seymour of St. John's ($75 from ticket sales donated to our project)

A second bracelet & earring set won by Carol Gleason of Bay Roberts. ($80 from ticket sales donated to our project)

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you Lorraine Welsh and thank you to all who supported and made these donations possible. Keep watching for future ticket sales at Nik Naks!

During the month of August, one bracelet and earring set won by Sharon Harte of the Goulds. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

Penny Drive and Breakfast = Huge Success!

Penny Drive and Breakfast hosted by the Green's Harbour Building Committee was a huge success! Many people stopped by and supported this worthy cause. The breakfast alone brought in approximately $805.00 and as for the pennies....well, let's just say there were soooo many that they are still counting them! Ian Hill once said, "Great things happen when good people get together and do good things!" So, thank you to everyone who helped make this the success that it was!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Check out today's local paper, "The Compass," and read all about the Playground Project and the Sky Family Concert. Great things are happening! Come and be a part of it all on September 29th, 2012!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

With school closed, it has been hard to keep the momentum of our project going. However, the enthusiasm is now peaked once again with the help of the NL Herald! With only 49 days to go...we are full tilt ahead. Planning, organizing, decision making and always thinking of who is at the heart of it all - our children. So, go out and get a copy of the August 13 - 19 edition and read all about it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dunk the Teachers!

Thanks to the Cavendish Beach Fest Committee, you can watch your teacher get dunked this Saturday, August 11th at 2:00 - 4:00pm! All proceeds in aid of the playground project. So come your teacher you support him/her, and who may be the one to dunk them! See ya at the beach!