Robson community school recently wrapped up its annual Spell-A-Thon, an event in which students are asked to study lists of words, then take spelling tests on those words. They also seek pledges from family, friends, and neighbours.
Every student who takes part, and raises at least $10 in pledges, receives a free hot lunch, an A&W root beer certificate, and their names are entered into draws for prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.
This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year, over half of the student population participated, raising almost $5,200.
This event keeps growing each year, with more local businesses and organizations donating items, services or money, all of which go directly toward student and class prizes.
The Sandman Inn hosted pool parties for the top 20 primary and top 20 intermediate students who raised the most money.
These students also had pizza parties thanks to Panago and Canadian 2-for-1, doughnuts from Plaza Bakery, cookies from Bagels and Brew, and juice from Safeway.
Summer Martin raised the most money in the entire school, with $300, a new record. She won an overnight stay in a theme room at the Super 8 Motel.
Tausha Voros raised the next highest amount, with $215. She won a tablet, complete with case and charging devices, donated by 7-Eleven.
Cassidy Grant raised the third-highest amount, $194. She won a cosmic bowling party from Castle Bowl. All three of these girls are in Grade 4.
Each class also had winners for the students who raised the most.
Kindergarten had a three-way tie between Emily Eldridge, Tanner Grimes, and Adam Koochin, who each raised $55.
The Kindergarten/Grade 1 winner was Korbin Batting, with $123. Jack Winter, from the Grade 1-2 class raised $194, and Paddy Croteau won in the Grade 2-3 class, raising $110.
Each of these students won a family swim pass donated by the Castlegar rec complex. The intermediate students each won a $25 gift card from either Walmart, iTunes, or Google Playstore.
Blaize Bell, in Grade 3-4 raised $170, Dakota Winter, with $174, won for the Grade 4/5 class, Everett Ozeroff won in the Grade 5/6 class, with $170, and Misauti Voros raised $174 in the Grade 6/7 class.
In addition to all these winners, two classes won prizes for the highest percentage of participants.
Ms. Matthews’ Kindergarten class had 76 per cent participation, and Ms. Peters’ Grade 3-4 class had 72 per cent. Each of these classes won a cookie and juice party, donated by Country Style Bakery and the Lion’s Head Pub.
Over 25 other individuals, organizations and businesses donated as well.
The money raised this year will go toward creating outdoor learning spaces on the school grounds. When completed, students will have bigger and better learning opportunities.