By Emily Jaycox
For the Independent
The cosmetology and fashion students at Wm. E. Hays Stettler Secondary Campus are working hard to fundraise for their spring 2020 Montreal trip.
The co-curricular trip was planned to coincide with the Allied Beauticians Association’s (ABA’s) trade show and fashion week in Montreal in April next year.
The cosmetology students will also be treated to a master hairdressing class from professionals at Ecole de Coiffure International Hair School Montreal.
“I’m really excited about that,” said Tricia Kneeland-Teasdale, cosmetology teacher and lead organizer.
This weekend, students will be bagging groceries for donations at the Stettler No Frills from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.
“My goal is to have all student fees paid for,” said Kneeland-Teasdale.
There will also be a Park Lane Jewelry party at the school during parent teacher interviews on April 4 from 4 to 7 p.m., which will be open to the public.
The students will be selling bulbs and flowers through Growing Smiles Fundraising, a division of DeVry Greenhouses.
Order forms will be available starting March 18 at the school’s front office. Delivery will be the Thursday before Mother’s Day.
For the first time, order placers will be able to pay online through the school’s fee payment system, KEV.
The school also just completed a beef jerky sale fundraiser and a town-wide bottle drive in February.
Kneeland-Teasdale says the students should be able to have the experience and “see some new things without it being a financial burden on their parents.”
The trip will also include a ghost tour of old Montreal, sightseeing of some of the art museums and cathedrals and a visit to the Sugar Shack and Cirque du Soleil.
The full cost per student for the five-day trip without fundraising is $1,800.
That includes flights, hotel and activities minus lunch each day and shopping money.
Kneeland-Teasdale says she provides opportunities for the students to fundraise and they choose which ones they want to participate in.
Some events raise funds for all students, but most are on an individual basis.
Although some students have raised as much as 40 per cent of their fee already, most are at about 10 to 15 per cent, according to Kneeland-Teasdale.
Kneeland-Teasdale encourage anyone with questions to contact the school and says to feel free to get involved.
“We are definitely accepting community donations for this travel.”