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Gordon Bell raises funds for green space

Fundraiser for athletic field to pay for lighting and Astroturf

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Gordon Bell principal Arlene Skull (left) and vice-principal Tim Cox were in charge of the green space fundraiser at De Luca’s Restaurant on March 14. The event raised money for the field’s lighting and Astroturf.

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Gordon Bell principal Arlene Skull (left) and vice-principal Tim Cox were in charge of the green space fundraiser at De Luca’s Restaurant on March 14. The event raised money for the field’s lighting and Astroturf. Photo Store

Gordon Bell High School made some green to support its green space.

The West End school, located at 3 Borrowman Pl., held a fundraiser at De Luca’s Restaurant (950 Portage Ave.) on Friday, March 14, to raise money for amenities its unique athletic field.
Vice-principal Tim Cox said the final dollar amount is still being calculated, but he estimates the amount raised is around $10,000.

Attendees enjoyed cocktails at 6 p.m. before their four-course meal at 7 p.m. In between the main course and dessert, the guests listened to Amazing Race Canada winner Tim Hague, Sr. speak.

There was also a silent and live auction at the end.

According to Gordon Bell’s section on the Winnipeg School Division website, the school had already raised $412,000 to build the green space through grants, personal donations, and school fundraising efforts. The green space officially opened on June 10 last year.

"We had managed to pay for the landscaping, the running track, the prairie grasses, the big high fences at each end of the field," Skull said.

The remaining cost of the green space is $432,000 to cover the Astroturf’s purchase and installation.

"We won’t get that high (in donations at the dinner)," Skull told The Metro on March 12.

Skull said in addition to the dinner, the school is also applying for more grants and holding more fundraisers.

Skull also said she’d like to use some of the money raised from the auctions to pay for green space lighting.

"The lighting is going to allow the children to pay at dusk in the summer and fall," Skull explained. "And we’d also like it for safety. It’s a couple hundred thousand dollars."

Cox said prior to the fundraising dinner, a lot of the money raised for the green space was from the students and the community.

"While we have received some grant money from different organizations, the majority of the money has come from alumni, business members, and random people that have connections to the school and have heard about what we’re doing and want to be a part of it," Cox said. "We’ve had students who have literally brought pennies once a week to school."

"In a jar," Skull added.

Although the fundraising dinner is over, the school is always accepting donations to pay for the green space.

Donations can be made online through PayPal at gordonbell.ca/paypal

The school is also accepting cheques payable to "Children’s Heritage Fund GB Greenspace" that can be mailed to either the Winnipeg School Division office (1577 Wall St. E.) or Gordon Bell.

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