The portion of the Okanagan Rail Trail along Kalamalka Lake is already proving popular. Image Credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

The portion of the Okanagan Rail Trail along Kalamalka Lake is already proving popular. Image Credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

Students fundraise for rail trail

Lake Country students are collecting pledges for the Okanagan Rail Trail

Students in Lake Country are joining together to raise funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail.

“It’s something that will add to the community and everyone who puts in a little bit helps move it along,” said rail trail ambassador Bob Hodgins, who has organized a student-driven campaign.

“It gives the child an opportunity to participate and feel some ownership in this.”

Lake Country residents can get involved by donating by cash, cheque or online through the Okanagan Rail Trail website.

The three elementary schools, Davidson Road, Peter Greer and Oyama Traditional, along with George Elliot Secondary are collecting pledges.

“I think it’s a great legacy that’s being planned to be left in our community and I think it’s a great opportunity for our students who are here currently to be a part of it taking place,” said principal of Peter Greer, Karen Switzer. “They can look back and say ‘this was being created.’ It’ll be something that’ll be around for a long long time.”

Grade 2 to 12 students will be collecting money from their families and friends in Lake Country.

Students who raise a minimum of $160 will be entered for a chance to win prizes like a bicycle, a plane trip around the valley, and those who raise more than $25 are entered into a draw for gift bags.

Gift certificates and coupons will also be given to the students during a hot dog lunch at Swalwell Park on May 5 when students will walk from the park to Lodge Road and then to the rail trail.

Doug Meraw teaches P.E. at George Elliot said the rail trail is an important project in the Lake Country community.

“Our plan is to have the high school kids come out and line the route and cheer on the elementary school kids as they take on the route,” he said. “To be able to use it for hiking or biking it’s such a great community purpose. The rail trail is just going to be fabulous for the community.”