Alumni continue support for Elmwood school

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Alumni of a northeast Winnipeg high school say their efforts to help the next generation of students have only just begun.

The Elmwood High School Legacy Committee has already raised more than $55,000 to date for its Legacy Fund and is continuing to receive new donations.

The committee provided $700 in bursaries to three Elmwood students last year and expects to provide an additional $800 in bursaries this year. It hopes to eventually provide 10 graduates with $1,000 bursaries each year.

Ryan Crocker Linda Boughton (left) and Shawna Armstrong show off the new plaque unveiled on May 27.

Linda Boughton, chair of the organizing Legacy Committee, fought back tears at a special gathering on May 27 as she thanked fellow alumni for helping make the fund a reality.

“It’s heart-wrenching to read the applications because the need is so great here,” Boughton said, noting committee members judges applications without being told the applicants’ name or gender. “This really is making a difference.”

Principal Michael Babb said he is grateful for the support of the school’s alumni. He added that the endowment fund is a gift that will keep on giving.

Frances Davis, who provides student support at the school, said successful applicants will definitely benefit from the support provided by the committee.

Elmwood alumni Shawna Armstrong had the honour of unveiling a new plaque recognizing alumni contributions to the fund at last week’s event. Armstrong said philanthropy isn’t restricted only to the rich.

“Whether your wealth is time, talent, or money, you can make a difference,” she said. “And there’s no better place to invest than in the youth of our community.”

The plaque, which is on display inside the school’s main entrance, is designed to be easily updated as alumni donations through the Winnipeg Foundation continue.

ryan.crocker@canstarnews.com

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