The indefinite cancellation of in-school classes in March affected much of the events-based school news that made up the bulk of the PWPSD March Good News Report. The following stories look back at two generous donations to Hythe Regional School, along with fundraising activities at two schools.
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Student and staff fundraiser in support of local family
Beaverlodge Elementary School (BES) students and staff held a beanbag toss fundraiser for the Urich family who lost their home to fire in February. BES staff members and local firefighters Krista Lucas and Carolyn Bartsch spearheaded the activity. Assistant Principal Andrew Lojczyc says $2,400 was raised to support the family's immediate needs. Well done, BES!
Hythe Regional School
Local companies boost technology, breakfast program
In February, Hythe Regional School (HRS) was thrilled to receive generous donations from two local companies.
Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership donated $10,500 to purchase 38 Chromebooks which the students were excited to use and proudly display for photos immediately following the donation.
NuVista Energy donated $7,200 to support the breakfast and snack program at HRS (no photo available). Assistant Principal Holly Gould says the funds were used to provide students with a great start to their day.
Sexsmith Secondary School
Have a Heart Day at SSS
Have a Heart Day 2020 activities at Sexsmith Secondary School (SSS) included a workshop on balloon animals, and an Ag 1040 course called Animal Antics. Bernese Mountain Dogs Jetta and Sebastian and Dizzy the cat joined students for a fun-filled day of animal education.
Sexsmith Secondary's annual Have a Heart Day provides opportunities for students to share their talents while giving back to others. With this vision in mind, it is safe to say that the school can look back with pride on this year's event, held on February 20.
Proceeds from the Grades 7-12 Hoops for Heart 3-on-3 basketball tournament went to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. After a hard fought battle, the teacher team emerged victorious. All participating students and teachers were pleased to report a total of $750 raised for the cause.
Students who didn't play in the tournament enjoyed a day of workshops, including Cupcake Decorating, Balloon Animals, and Dungeons and Dragons. Animal Antics, a one-day course that follows the Ag 1040 curriculum, was also offered to teach students about basic animal care, handling and best practices. Sessions were run by staff and community members. A workshop participation fee of $10 per student resulted in a $1,350 donation to the local food bank.
Way to go, Sabres!