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!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Generous Perth Community Donations Make St. John's Playground a Reality!

With just days remaining until Perth area volunteers transform the St. John Catholic Elementary School yard into a playground extraordinaire for our students and children within the community, we will always be grateful for the many generous individuals, service groups and local businesses who made monetary donations to make the students' dream a reality!

Our initial fundraising goal set in January, 2010, was to raise $51,000. As of today, almost $68,000 has been contributed, which has allowed the school to complete its total vision for the school yard, including outdoor classroom, gardens, mural paintings completed by staff and students, and sports field improvements. 

The community support St. John's has received throughout this project has been overwhelming! Thank you to each and every one of you who donated, whether you contributed your time, energy, ideas, talents or funds - the St. John's community thanks you! 

Below are just a few of the many generous companies and service clubs who helped make St. John's new playground a reality!  

All photos courtesy of Chris Must, The EMC

First photo:
Perth Civitan Executive Members Gwen Ramsey, Trish McConnell, Andre Frommer and Richard Peskett hand a generous donation to St. John's principal, Mrs. Terri Brady, while surrounded by SJ students who will benefit from the Civitan's contribution when the playground is built! The SJ students include: Emily Donovan, Tasha McGregor, Sierra Peskett, Nolan McKinnon, and Kira Peskett. 
Second photo:
Kevin Costello of Costello and Company makes a generous donation to the playground fund, which was accepted by teacher & playground committee member, Peter Imeson, & excited SJ student Gracie Costello
Third photo: 
St. John Catholic Women's League of Perth - CWL members Claudette Truelove and Susan Roach support St. John's students Brooklyn Cooper, Natasha Cooper, Jocelyn Cooper, Molly O'Neil, and Katelyn Copp

Top photo:
Mr. Chris Stranberg (CA), Ms. Lisa Dowdall and Mr. John Quigley (CA) of the accounting firm of Kelly Huibers McNeely present kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Melanie O'Neil, with a donation to the playground fund, in front of grateful students Mason Miller and Madison Miller.
Next photo:
The Perth Firefighters' Association become an Amazing Arch Donor for the playground project, as Firefighter Mike Gemmill presents the donation to students Ryley Gemmill, Michael Hogan, Jessica Hogan, and Mikayla Gemmill.

Photo above:
When the SJ Playground Commitee approached Albany International of Perth, Albany immediately responded with a generous donation! Russ Williams and Brian Majaury from Albany make SJ students Sydney Murphy, Haley White and Mark McKay and SJ teacher Sarah Bowes-Christie very happy, when they learn that Albany's contribution brings us closer to building a new playground!

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