Bottle drive will help PAC initiatives

The PACs for three local elementary schools are raising money for various initiatives through a bottle drive this weekend.

With the holiday season having come and gone, it is likely that many Goldenites are now wondering what to do with all of the empties they’ve accumulated over the last month.

The Parent Advisory Councils for Lady Grey Elementary, Alexander Park Elementary and Nicholson Elementary schools has an easy solution: donate them to their collective bottle drive on January 9.

The idea for the bottle drive developed following a Leader in Me training session in October. All three PAC presidents (Deb Brennan at APES, Lori Baxendale at LGES and Chelsea Fallows-Ludtke at NES) participated in that training session and took note in particular of one of the seven habits of highly effective people: Synergize.

“We started talking about how we, as the PAC presidents…embody the seven habits,” Baxendale said.

The three PAC presidents discussed fundraising and decided that they could maximize their efforts by teaming up.

“We talked about…fundraising and what it would be like if we weren’t in competition with each other, if we were collaborating and partnering and working together,” Baxendale said.

The goal for the Jan. 9 drive is to raise $4,000, an ambitious total that would make a big difference at local elementary schools when it comes to extra-curricular activities.

“Obviously money comes from the provincial government for delivery of the actual curriculum at schools, but schools get very little for the extra things, and that’s where Parent Advisory (Councils) come in,” Baxendale explained.

Among the initiatives spearheaded by PAC are breakfast clubs, field trips, hot lunches, special activities and performances. While there are many joint initiatives that the three committees all participate in, each council also has their own efforts as well. All of the money that is raised will be divided equally amongst the three schools.

Locals can certainly help by donating their empties, either by bringing them into the bottle depot and depositing them under the account for the elementary schools, leaving their bottles at the end of their drive way on Jan. 9, or having them ready when the crew of volunteers comes knocking on doors this Saturday.

Volunteer drivers and sorters are also needed, and anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to contact the elementary schools directly.


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