By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
School spirit is alive and well at Dorothy Dalgliesh School in Picture Butte, as the hallowed halls of learning reopened earlier this month after summer holidays. The Lethbridge County-based school has a few action-packed activities already planned this fall including an annual Terry Fox Walk/Run and the highly-anticipated return of the Harvest Gala. “We’ve had a really good start and everything seems to be back in full-swing,” said Principal Shari Rogerson.
Rogerson explained the school uses a word of the month to educate and raise awareness about a variety of topics and lessons. For the month of September, the word “courage” was selected to coincide with Canadian icon Terry Fox’s nation-wide fundraiser and awareness campaign for cancer research. “This month, we’ve made it ‘courage.’ As part of our announcements, which is student-led, I’ve had the students talk about courage — little ways kids can show courage, what courage means and we’ve also been tying it into Terry Fox. We’ve been having little stories about how Terry Fox has shown courage. We did that right off the bat, now in the middle, we’re talking about how kids can show courage,” she noted.
Hopefully, Rogerson said, by the time Friday rolls around, students will be all geared up to take part in the Terry Fox Walk/Run. “They’ve had that scaffolding done about courage and how it applies to Terry Fox and how it applies to them,” she said.
Most of the teachers, Rogerson added, talk about Terry Fox in their classrooms. “We find that is a bit more intimate and we can really field questions and it is a lot more authentic. We all do meet in the gym and we have a little hurrah and talk a little bit more about courage and Terry Fox and to think about him while they’re running and then we go out and do our run,” Rogerson said. The Terry Fox Walk/Run kicks off this Friday in the gym at 10:30 a.m.
According to Rogerson, school council and the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte is hosting a fundraiser — a Harvest Gala, on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the school. The adults-only event, which is the school’s largest fundraiser and is only held every two years, will feature live music by Trevor Panczak, dinner catered by LA Chefs, a live and silent auction, prizes and games. “It’s our biggest fundraiser, aside from when we do casinos.”
“This year, each class will be working together to create something special to be auctioned off. It may be a basket of their favourite things, an art piece, or something else amazing,” it was stated in a school media release. “It’s going to be a really great night,” Rogerson added.
To donate or purchase tickets talk to school council reps Kelly McLeod at 403-635-0032 or Kari Hanna at 403-382-5475. Early bird pricing of $50 per ticket or $375 for a table of eight is available until Sept. 30. Afterwards, tickets are $55 per ticket or $400 for a table of eight. Rogerson said funds raised by the Betterment Society go back into the school including funding for big ticket items such as field trips, playground builds and to purchase new technology. “Things like Chromebooks, iPads and online subscriptions to book sites and things like that,” she said.