Jason Gray (centre) hauls a tree away as Josh Beausoleil (above) hands more out of the back of a truck while Logan Hale grabs backs of recyclables. They all took part in a Kwalikum Secondary School grad bottle and tree drive on Saturday, Jan. 6 to raise money to fund grad events. — Adam Kveton Photo

Kwalikum, Ballenas students hold pair of recycling fundraisers

Bottles, trees collected to support grad events in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Both Kwalikum and Ballenas secondary students, along with their parents and volunteers, took to the streets on Saturday, Jan. 6 to raise money for grad events.

Kwalikum students started the day early with their bottle and tree drive, where students, parents and volunteers collected recyclables, as well as Christmas trees to be chipped in exchange for a donation.

The annual endeavour raised more than $800 in donations this year, with the recyclables netting $1,885.

The Ballenas event was a bottle drive, with many people dropping off their holiday stash of bottles and cans at the school for students, parents and volunteers to sort. The event raised $3,100.

Anyone looking to bring in recyclables to the Parksville or Qualicum Bottle Recycling Depots can donate their proceeds to either school through the each depot.

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