Students from the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program in Stratton flagged down vehicles passing by Canadian Tire here Saturday for a fundraising car wash.
Students from grades 10-12 raised more then $1,100 washing vehicles and selling baked goods to fund a week-long trip to Minneapolis.
“We’re hoping to do some stuff with the Salvation Army [there], like work in a soup kitchen and stuff like that,” teacher Norma Rempel said.
The students also plan to visit a Ford factory and Valley Fair, as well as spend some time working with the Minneapolis Youth with a Mission program.
The school’s next fundraising event will be a concert—featuring skits and music by the choir—this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
Students also will host a garage sale May 27, and then a second car wash and bake sale in Fort Frances later this summer.
The fundraising also is part of an ongoing campaign to purchase the building that houses the school. The building’s lease will end this summer, and it’s hoped families and students can come up with about $27,000 to have complete ownership of the building.
The Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program, which offers instruction for students in kindergarten to grade 12, is able to remain in Stratton because of funding from families of the students in addition to regular funding from taxpayers through the local public school board.
“We’re a public school but we’re sponsored by the Christian Parents’ Association,” Rempel explained.