All day volunteers were busy doing the task at hand, all the while smiling and doing it in the spirit of community. The mounds of peastone and topsoil disappeared almost miraculously. What started out looking like an impossible feat, actually ended up being completed ahead of schedule. People had to be encouraged to slow down. Unbelievable!
The feeling felt around the school yard was like nothing else. People are still talking about it a week later. Of course, everytime you drive by the playground and see children and families, you can't help but smile. We are confident that lives have been changed as a result of Acreman's Extreme Play Yard Makeover! Changed lives mean changed communities...Cavendish, Whiteway, Greens Hr., and Hopeall will be better places for our children to grow up in. Awesome!
Students are asking to go outside instead of asking if they can stay in. Everyone is being active and even smiling and laughing while doing so. They are having so much fun that they don't mind the exercise at all. While some were hesitant to use different things at first, they have gained the confidence and skills necessary. Some have even gained a few blisters :) It brings so much joy to watch them grow and learn.
The children are not the only ones to bring smiles to our faces: Moms, Dads, Grandpas, and Grandmas are all spending time together at Ridgewood Park. Conversations are taking place that would not otherwise be. People feel connected now and it is absolutely wonderful!
We have no doubt that the impact of this experience will be felt years from now. Everytime we think of September 29th, it will bring a smile and warm our hearts!
|Creating a Labyrinth|
|Soccer field volunteers|
|Labyrinth almost done|
|Everyone likes to help out|
|Soccer Field Volunteers|
|One of our youngest volunteers!|
|Thank you for supporting us|
|Children waiting to run...|
|Waiting to run for it!!! SO EXCITING!!!|
|3-2-1- MOVE THAT BUS!!!!|
|Waiting for group shot|
|Bob the Builder joined us|
|Soccer Field Complete|
|The last thing to put on...the slide|
|R & R Kitchens|
|Outdoor Classroom Volunteers|
|Outdoor Classroom Complete|
|Peace Garden Area|
|Peace Garden Complete|
|Our children thank you!|
|O`Brien`s Tech Team|
|Volunteers of all ages came to help us.|
|Rosemary Whiteway helps unveil the Labyrinth Sign|
|Johanna Maulawin (Mrs. Maulawin`s daughter) and|
her nephew Joel help unveil the sign for the Outdoor Classroom
|Stephanie, Brandon, Kristen & Kelsey (Craig Shute`s family) |
help unveil the Soccer Field Sign
|On behalf of our Veterans, Mr. Don Reid |
helps unveil the Peace Garden sign.
|Betsy Brett (Dr. Brett`s daughter) helps unveil the|
Play Area Sign
|Play Area Complete|