Mecca Glen bottle drive brings school closer to its goal

An impressive bottle drive fundraiser on April 11 has brought Mecca Glen School one step closer to achieving their goal to raise enough money for new computers for the Mecca Glen Community Learning Centre.

Students and staff from Mecca Glen School gathered together for an afternoon of sorting beverage containers for their bottle drive to help raise money for new computers.

Students and staff from Mecca Glen School gathered together for an afternoon of sorting beverage containers for their bottle drive to help raise money for new computers.

An impressive bottle drive fundraiser on April 11 has brought Mecca Glen School one step closer to achieving their goal to raise enough money for new computers for the Mecca Glen Community Learning Centre.

The bottle drive brought in $2,100 worth of beverage containers from area residents.

Principal of Mecca Glen, Evie Van Scheik, could not believe the amount of containers they received and was excited with the results.

“It was our first time doing this,” she said. “We didn’t know what to expect but it really turned out well and it was very cool to see it happen.”

The school had set out trailers from April 7 to 11 for area residents to drop off their cans and bottles. The trailers quickly filled up and the number of bottles was a sight to behold.

“When we saw how many bottles and cans there were we thought it would take forever, but it went quickly and we had a great time,” said Van Scheik. “The kids were so great with sorting and counting and had a lot of fun doing it.”

The sorting and counting only took an hour and a half and proved to be a fun afternoon for staff and students.

“It really created school spirit, a sense of pride and it was a really neat learning experience,” said Van Scheik. “The kids were really proud of themselves, they were thrilled.”

The quick action of the community was encouraging to the school and Van Scheik was grateful to everyone that helped make the bottle drive a success.

“This is a great community that comes through for everything,” she said. “We were surprised at the amount of money that was raised; it took a lot of cans to raise that much. It really showed me what our community is made of.”

The funds raised will help the school in their goal to raise enough money for computers for the Mecca Glen Community Learning Centre.

The bottle drive has brought Mecca Glen to a total of $23,000 in their goal to reach $63,000 and Van Scheik is hoping to achieve a grant once they reach halfway.

Van Scheik sees a need for new computers and believes they are a valuable resource for students.

“The computers are aging and we know we need new ones,” she said. “They’re old and there is a strong need to supply more of them.”

Van Scheik was very pleased with the community and grateful for everyone’s support and dedication.

“It’s neat to see the response from the community,” she said. “It was a very successful fundraising campaign, we’re very pleased with what we have raised so far. It was worth doing and might be a start of a new tradition.”

The school’s next fundraiser is a garage sale that will be held at the school on May 10.