Arrowview Elementary School students speak with a Tour de Rock rider during the cyclists’ visit to the school on Friday, Sept. 29. — Adam Kveton

Qualicum Beach’s Arrowview gets Tour de Rock visit

School raises $1,500 with coin drive, bake sale

It was a week of supporting friends and their families, and raising funds for children’s cancer research at Arrowview Elementary School.

And the prize at the end was getting to meet the Tour de Rock riders on Friday, Sept. 29.

The riders pulled into the school early and spent some time chatting with students — talking about their bikes, their ride and the cause.

It’s a cause Arrowview students are familiar with.

“We actually have a number of families that are impacted by cancer right now,” said principal Sheila Morrison.

Two families have been back-and-forth to the BC Children’s Hospital — one young boy who’s recently been able to return to school and is in the early stages of remission, and another student with a preschool sibling who is undergoing treatment, she said.

“Those are two pediatric cases, and then we have a few students whose parents either have had or do have cancer,” said Morrison. “So this really hit home for us.”

Over the week, the school held a coin drive fundraiser, as well as a bake sale.

Generally the school is able to raise a few hundred dollars each year, said Morrison.

However, after accepting nickels and dimes on Tuesday, quarters on Wednesday, loonies on Thursday and toonies on Friday, the school’s contribution was $1,503.20.

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