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Students hit the pool for camp

Grade 11 Vernon Christian School students Hannah Podolski (left) and Gabrielle Edblad are ready for the Up from the Depths pool party on April 25 at the Vernon Recreation Complex. - photo submitted
Grade 11 Vernon Christian School students Hannah Podolski (left) and Gabrielle Edblad are ready for the Up from the Depths pool party on April 25 at the Vernon Recreation Complex.
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It’s a late-night preteen pool party with a purpose.

Up from the Depths is an after-hours pool party for ages 10 to 14 at the Vernon Recreation Complex April 25 from 10 p.m. to midnight, hosted by Vernon Christian School students.

The event features live DJs, crazy fun, large and small group activities, free Hawaiian shaved ice and more. This is a fundraiser event and tickets are $10 each. All proceeds will be divided and donated to Eagle Bay Camp, Faith Mission Camp and Young Life to be used to send local kids to camp.

“It all started with a grant application that showed up on my desk — I shared it with my Grade 12 student TA, Laura Hulstein, and we went from there,” said Corinne Remple, the school’s communications and marketing manager. “Over the past year, a lot of work has been devoted to our campaign to raise the funds needed to build three outdoor sports courts. Now that it is complete we were looking for a unique way to thank those who helped us.

“As a team, we believed reaching out and blessing others would be the perfect way to honour those who have given generously to our campaign.”

Sponsored by Interior Savings and Telus, the United Way Youth Initiative grant seeks applicants who are willing to implement a project that will improve lives and build community. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be successful. Other local event sponsors include Wentworth Music, Eagle Bay Camp, Hawaiian Shaved Ice and VCS.

“Our leadership class and students have a heart to serve our community,” said Hulstein.  “We have great ideas and have completed numerous projects like organizing food and need drives, which cost nothing. Other ideas are a bit more grand and we generally do not have the funds to accomplish these projects, so we are excited to get the chance to go big with this event. I love the idea of engaging youth to help other youth.

“We are giving our time and energy, learning to look after the needs of others around us.”

The leadership is currently seeking donations for the event swag bags and are looking for local merchants for help. Donations of coupons, free items, BOGO or discounts would be greatly appreciated, as the class is hoping to fill 300 bags.

“It sounds like a fun night for the kids but it’s more than that. Thanks to money from a grant, a creative idea and a willing team, several local youth will be heading off to camp this summer,” said Remple.

Tickets are available for cash purchase at Vernon Christian School, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Vernon Alliance Church or from student event reps. More details and online ticket purchases through PayPal can be found at www.vcs.ca, or call 250-545-7345 during school hours.

 

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