In spite of the wintry, sub-zero temperatures, students of William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus and their families came out in good numbers to participate in the dinner fundraiser and silent auction that was being held on Thursday evening, Nov. 26 at the school.
The spaghetti supper garnered close to $600 and between the spaghetti supper and silent auction, approximately $2,000 was raised.
The funds raised will go towards the Stettler Christmas Hamper.
Principal Norbert Baharally was happy with the turnout of students. “The student participation for the evening was pretty good,” he said.
“We had students volunteering from different TA’s to help with the spaghetti supper on the night of the event as well as various students from the jr. high homeroom classes helping prior to the spaghetti supper and the silent auction with the organization and set up,” added Baharally.
Kaylee Somerville, Sara Lovell, Hannah McKay, Ally Hamelin, Matthew Somerville, Thomas Law, Cameron Tripp and Rachelle Vogel were instrumental from the student body in spearheading most of the evening along with staff members Mr. Gregory, Ms. Code, Hr. Huo, Mrs. Lane among many other staff members who chipped in to help out.
“It was a great feeling to see the collective effort of our school being actively involved in this local fundraising activity that we know will benefit our community directly,” said Baharally.
Some of the items collected were pieces of art created by students and staff, Christmas decor, gift cards, homemade blankets and winter wear as well as lots of baked goods, with a majority coming from homeroom classes in the school, though some items were donations from community members and local businesses.
One of the key organizers, Mr. Doug Gregory said, “The planning began in September, when Mrs. Lotoski and I started throwing out ideas of what we could do to get the school community involved with the larger community.”
The school has been working to raise money for the Stettler Christmas Hamper since about the first week in November.
This has been the biggest fundraiser that the school has ever taken on and the goal is to try and raise $20,000.
“We are hoping that each of our TAs and homeroom classes in our school will raise $500 and since we have 40 classes, this is the plan,” said Baharally. “Each class has been doing their fundraiser around the school at lunch hours or in the evenings trying to raise the money, with activities such as shovelling snow, bake sales, selling head warmers, selling prints of their pictures among others. The sky is the limit.”