Ballenas grad thanks

On behalf of the BSS Grad 2016 parent committee, I am profoundly grateful to the community for supporting our young people.

Once again, on behalf of the BSS Grad 2016 parent committee, I am profoundly grateful to the Parksville Qualicum Beach community for supporting our young people.

On Jan. 9, the Ballenas students trekked through our community on a bottle drive to raise money for their dry grad. Not everyone expects a bright, shiny face ringing the doorbell at 9 a.m. on a Saturday, but it sure is heartwarming to know that when it does happen, the reception is warm and generous.

We have a large group of graduates this year that we can all be very proud of. They are looking forward to their celebration to mark this monumental rite of passage, and I am proud to help support the fundraising efforts to help make this day a memorable one.

Thanks to everyone who gave bottles, especially those who saved up and gave huge for BSS, Pacific Shores and the Kerr Group (Terry) for trucks of bottles. Thanks to Nanaimo Regional Recycling for the logistics and generous donation.

Thanks also to Save-On-Foods for the fabulous donation to fill hungry, teenage bellies, PepsiCo Beverages (Greg), Parksville McDonalds, Do Stuff Media and What’s On Digest (Tom) and J.R. Rardon of The NEWS. Your support and generosity is much appreciated.

Watch out for more exciting events coming up in support of the dry grad. The Baby Jane dance is set for Jan. 23 (tickets are $20 at Cranky Dog, Wilde and Sparrow, and Outsiders). The grad fashion show is Feb. 10, tickets at Shades of Green and Cranky Dog.

Katrina KieferErrington

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