A community craft and yard sale will be held Sat., May 26 at Tec Voc High School. All of the money raised during the sale will be donated to a great cause — to help Tec Voc students travelling to the Skills Canada National Competition.
With this year’s competition being held in Edmonton, and next year’s in Vancouver, provincial and federal funding cuts are leaving students with heftier travel expenses than before.
"Our students’ parents, coming from the inner city, don’t always have the funds to support this expense, so we’re trying to help with that," said Nicole Bouchard, a broadcast and media arts teacher at Tec Voc.
"Students now have to come up with more money out of their own pockets to travel to the national competition. We, as a staff, want to help them raise money to offset their costs.
"For the past 15 years Tec Voc has been involved in the Skills Canada provincial and national competitions," added Bouchard, who is the current co-chair of the TV and video production competition and on the staff committee organizing the yard sale.
This is the first year for the community craft and yard sale, and school officials hope it will become an annual event.
So far, about 40 tables have been rented, with people hoping to sell their own household items, crafts, Tupperware, health and body products, jewelry, baking, sports memorabilia, comic books, and more.
All tables will be located inside the school at 1555 Wall St., so weather will not be a factor. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We want as many people as possible to come to this event," Bouchard said. "The more the merrier.
"We’re hoping to raise as much money as possible and to raise awareness of what Skills Canada is all about. We make money off of the table rentals, and we’ll also be having a hotdog barbecue to help raise funds."
To rent a table at the sale, email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-1401.
Everyone is welcome to check out the sale. Ample parking space will be available.
Rebeca Kuropatwa is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at beca72ca.yahoo.ca.