The new École Entre-Lacs school is one step closer to getting a playground, thanks to the Feb. 16 Sugar Shack fundraiser at the Craft Corner Kitchen.
According to president of the school’s parent advisory council (PAC), Neil Wyper, the event saw around 200 attendees.
“It was a lot of fun and we raised quite a bit of money for the program,” said Wyper. “It looks like we’ve raised over $2,500. Hopefully it will be a little bit more once all of the numbers come through, but that’s where we are right now.”
|A look at some of the food attendees of the Sugar Shack fundraiser on Feb. 16 were served. The event was inspired by Quebec cuisine and helped raise $2,500 for the Ecole Entre-Lacs school playground. Brennan Phillips/Western News|
Craft teamed up with the Smugglers Smokehouse and Maple Roch to offer a Quebec-inspired sugar shack breakfast with plates of scrambled eggs, pancakes, smoked sausage and bacon from Smugglers and baked beans. Each dish was served with fresh maple taffy on snow from Maple Roch.
Wyper wanted to take the opportunity to thank the sponsors and partners for helping make the event such a huge success. He said attendees were a mix of parents and students and people looking for a good breakfast.
“We saw lots of members from our school community, we also had people that saw articles in The Western News and chose to come. Others saw Facebook posts from Craft Corner Kitchen and Maple Roch and Smugglers Smokehouse and came because of that,” said Wyper.
|Hot maple syrup is drizzled onto snow to be served as a dessert at the Sugar Shack fundraiser at Craft Corner Kitchen on Feb. 16. Brennan Phillips/Western News|
Wyper said the PAC is hoping to raise between $10,000 and $20,000 for an age-appropriate playground for the school’s Kindergarten through Grade 8 students, so more fundraising events will be coming soon. He said many attendees of the Sugar Shack fundraiser were unaware the school is publicly-funded.
“People came out for all kinds of reason, but it was great exposure to Entre-Lacs being a public school. Some people think that it’s private and should be funded separately but it’s public,” said Wyper. “It’s a new school in town, just a different school district. I think that it surprised people so it was great to open their eyes and show them what we’re doing at the school.”
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