Fundraiser proves fruitful for Christian School

“We really are an organization that looks after one another.” Christian School principal Bob Morris

Amber Stolk checks out a playhouse up for auction during a Christian School fundraiser April 12.

Amber Stolk checks out a playhouse up for auction during a Christian School fundraiser April 12.

The parking lot at the Christian School was overflowing April 12 as families came together for a large fundraiser that would bring improvements to the school.

Each year the school organizes the fundraiser to improve programming and ensure the building is maintained and up to date, said principal Bob Morris. “It’s our most fun day of the year.”

The entire event was a family affair and the hallways were full of laughing children at the many activity tables such as face painting and even Silly Putty making. Morris said planners want to make the experience a fun day for the whole family.

Approximately 250 items were donated for a large auction, complete with bid takers and a fast-talking auctioneer. Students’ parents and grandparents converged on the school’s gym to place their top bids to help bring needed funds to the Christian School.

This year’s focus is on a new playground that will keep students entertained, explained Morris.

He said there is much pride and support from staff and families and they have already raised $45,000 for the playground, which is expected to cost at least $75,000 to build. Because of safety considerations, playgrounds have become more expensive over the years, said Morris. “You want it to be safe for the kids.”

Despite the school being relatively small – the Christian School offers preschool to Grade 9 classes – there has been a long-term commitment from families to see growth.

“We really are an organization that looks after one another,” added Morris.

His goal is to see a new playground built by September but says that depends on funding. Money from the fundraiser also goes towards the school’s busing for students. Morris said he feels their numbers are growing and he looks forward to seeing the playground up and ready for students. There was also a bouncy castle available for kids to have fun during the fundraiser.

Money from the fundraiser has helped pave the new parking lot and last year work was done on the roof.