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Fifth annual Salem Summer Send-Off set for Saturday

The fifth annual Salem Summer Send-Off takes place tomorrow (June 17). Above, children in a previous event line up for the face painting booth.
The fifth annual Salem Summer Send-Off takes place tomorrow (June 17). Above, children in a previous event line up for the face painting booth.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Want to make a big splash this weekend?

Then plan on joining the Salem Home & School Association as it invites the public to attend its fifth annual Salem Summer Send-Off on Saturday, June 17, from 1-5 p.m. at Salem Elementary School, 70 Queens Road. This family-focused community building fundraiser is the perfect way to celebrate the finishing up of another successful school year, while getting ready for the summer to come.

And for the first time ever, the Salem Summer Send-Off will have a dunk tank. Some confirmed participants include: Salem vice-principal Matt Ripley, Sackville town councilors Andrew Black and Alison Butcher, manager of recreation programs and events Matt Pryde and local hockey coaching great Matt Estabrooks. There may even be a surprise guest or two.

Organizers have also been busy planning a day of full of good fun and activities for everyone to enjoy. Among the many planned activities are: a petting zoo and sheep shearing demonstration by Cattail Ridge Market, a “Touch-a-Truck” venue, a bouncy castle, face painting, and live entertainment highlighted by a Salem Grade 4 talent show. A barbecue and canteen will be onsite and operated by members of the Sackville Rotary Club. The many scheduled community partners to be in attendance are: the Town of Sackville, Mount Allison summer camps representatives, EOS Eco-energy, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville Youth Soccer Association, Tantramar Scouts, the Sackville Public Library, Sackville Schools 2020, Tantramar Heritage Trust, Sackville ArtHive, Wild Wonder, Struts Gallery, Sackville Minor Hockey Association, Tantramar Family Resource Centre, and Middle Sackville Baptist Church. You can get a library card, make some art or play a game while learning more about what these groups offer to local families over the summer.  All this is made possible in part by a special events grant from the Town of Sackville.

There will be also be a used book sale, bake sale and teacher dessert walk, fish pond, raffle basket and even special Salem Summer Send-Off/Canada 150 t-shirts for sale. Proceeds from these fundraisers will be used to support the initiatives that the Salem Home & School Association funds in collaboration with the staff and administration of Salem Elementary.

So, come join the fun this Saturday, June 17, at 70 Queen’s Road and help the Salem Home & School Association continue to fund field trips and projects throughout the school year—like last fall’s Paint the Playground 2.0 and this spring’s student initiated New Soccer Goals.

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