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!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Check out St. John's New Playground in Perth!

St. John Catholic Elementary School in Perth, Ontario is thrilled to tell you that our playground project is now complete! We held our fabulous Build Day last Saturday, May 29, 2010, and our students are ecstatic!

On Build Day, we had about 200 dedicated volunteers turn up to make drastic changes to our tired, old school yard! By the day's end, our students had:
-three brand new play structures: one for the kindergarten classes, primary division and junior division!
-a brand new outdoor classroom with prayer corner, outdoor stage for dramatic productions and theatrical student performances during recess(!), and a storyteller's chair
-outdoor community gardens and landscaping, including many new trees planted to provide shade, and a wonderful outdoor reading area at the front of our school
-colourful, beautifully painted outdoor murals of flowers and children in motion, mounted in our outdoor classroom and outdoor reading spaces
-newly built and installed soccer nets both in the primary and junior yards 
-brand new 10'x12' sandbox in the kindergarten yard
-improved sports fields and long jump pit, and freshly painted bike racks and monkey bars
-plus, a brand new, renovated kitchen compliments of Team Depot (Home Depot, Carleton Place)

Thank you to all volunteers who came out that day, including Jesse John of Let Them Be Kids, the Team Depot members, and Dan from Belair Recreation, who supervised the building of our three play structures. You all did a magnificent job!

The photos below show the gorgeous, sunny day God blessed us with on Build Day! Here are some of the amazing results achieved when we all got together to work to improve our students' school experiences: 

St. John's new outdoor classroom (prayer corner) and outdoor stage being built on Build Day!
Outdoor reading area with new murals to add some colour, plus the new Primary Division play structure!
Two more play structures! The first is St. John's new Junior play structure and the next photo shows the Kindergarten play structure with our new (very popular!) airplane spring rider!

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