Let Them Be Kids

Let Them Be Kids is an all volunteer, non-profit organization created to build community capacity on the grassroots level, while building playgrounds, skate parks and fitness parks across Canada. These projects leave a legacy of community members who are inspired and better equipped to lay a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

St. John Catholic Elementary School in Perth is a proud recipient of a 2010 Let Them Be Kids "Believe" Award! Every dollar raised by our community will be matched by Let Them Be Kids
to build a much needed playground at St. John's!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Local Family "Ups the Stakes" to Help Build St. John's Playground!

Former St. John's Elementary School Teacher, Miss Shirley Kindellan, maintains a strong connection to her former workplace. Miss Kindellan taught at St. John's for many years and is now enjoying retirement, and she continues to be an active member of our parish community. When she heard that St. John's Elementary was raising funds to transform our school yard, she got involved! 

After making her own generous $500 donation to the playground fund, Miss Kindellan challenged her own father, Don Kindellan, to contribute $100 for each great-grandchild who currently attends (or will attend) St. John's. You see, Mr. Kindellan's two great-grandchildren, Ben and Rylin Kilpatrick, are current SJ students. His younger great-grandchildren, Lauren Kilpatrick and Will White, along with Will's younger sibling, who is due this coming August,  will also attend St. John's when they become school age. This makes a total of five great-grandchildren, and thanks to his daughter's challenge, Mr. Kindellan matched his daughter's donation and generously gave $500, which will create a fun recess time for all students at St. John's!

In addition to the Kindellans' big-hearted gifts, other family members including Joan and Robert Harvey and Joe and Jessica Kilpatrick, have also contributed generously to our playground fund. St. John's thanks the charitable actions of the Kindellan-Harvey-Kilpatrick clan!

 Smiling family members from the Kindellan, Kilpatrick and White families!: Teacher Megan White (holding son, William), former St. John's teacher Shirley Kindellan, Rylin Kilpatrick, Playground Committee member Donna Poole and Benjamin Kilpatrick

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