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North Glenmore Elementary fundraiser shares ‘green’ attitude

School spirit is coloured green this year at North Glenmore Elementary thanks to a new Buy, Sell and Barter Day.

This event embraces the three Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—while helping raise money for future projects.

Doors are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.27.

Admission of $2 per family, or a non-perishable donation to the food bank. Two door prize draws of double passes to any of the Kelowna Actor’s Studio shows will be awarded.

All entrants can bring one item for barter, while those renting tables will also have an item up for barter. Money collected at the door will go to the food bank, while dollars earned at the concession booth will fund a Grade 6  leader’s event.

Proceeds from table rentals run by the Parent Advisory Council and others will be directed toward the school’s technology fund.

Shevaune Battiston, a school parent advisory council member and an organizer of Buy, Sell and Barter Day, says this idea sprang from her own experiences using Internet-based, buy, sell and barter groups.

“Using local Facebook buy and sell groups and seeing so many other moms out there participating—buying snowsuits and other items—it just made sense to get everyone together in one convenient spot,” Battiston said. “And it’s a social thing, too. People can meet and have lunch. If we get the numbers we’re hoping for, maybe it will turn into an annual event.”

Enthusiasm, she says, has been infectious, but the school is still looking for help from local businesses who would like to donate prizes or rent a table.

Students have also been active in the process, says  Battiston, volunteering to help with the concession and admission table as well as set-up and tear-down.

“It would have been nice to have a few students perform unplugged throughout the day for atmosphere, but so far we haven’t had much luck. Maybe we can find a few adult volunteers for that job.”

To help out with this event, contact Shevaune Battiston at murkatbat@live.com or call the school at 250-762-3535.

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