Photo: Dave Marshall from the Rotary Club hands representatives from Seeds of Learning a cheque for $9,000. Left to Right – Student Kyla Stewart, Dave Marshall, Teacher Derrick Laychuk, and students Aislinn Gentles and Kory Bell – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
They may not know it yet, but children in El Salvador will soon be getting a new school.
At Thursday’s luncheon, the Fort St. John Rotary Club donated nine thousand dollars to the Seeds of Learning program.
Around 62 North Peace Secondary Schools will be travelling to El Salvador to build a one room school house for the children.
Teacher and organizer Derrick Laychuk says he is humbled by the Rotary Club’s generosity.
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The Rotary Club held their fundraiser on the same night the Fort Hotel burnt down. Laychuk says the money will go towards the school, which costs seven thousand dollars, with the remainder going towards desks and additional materials.
Laychuk says he started the project three years ago with the help of three students. Since then it has blossomed into a annual event.
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He says the students have raised around 95 thousand dollars so far. The money will assist in travel expenses and living costs during the trip.
The group will be staying in a nunnery, with ten students living in one room.