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Alumni of a northeast Winnipeg high school are stepping up their efforts to provide financial assistant for the next generation of students.
The Elmwood High School Legacy Committee has raised approximately $70,000 for it’s Legacy Fund and aims to increase that amount substantially.
The endowment fund, managed by the Winnipeg Foundation, generates interest payments that are used to provide bursaries to graduates.
The committee’s next fundraiser, one of its largest yet, will be a dinner at the Canad Inns hotel in Transcona on Oct. 1. Linda Boughton, who is heading up the committee, said alumni hope area residents will support their cause.
"Last year we were able to award three $800 bursaries," she said.
"We never spend the donations we collect, only the interest payments the Legacy Fund earns. We hope to be able to offer more bursaries and, eventually, have enough money to support other projects such as after-school programs."
Boughton said Elmwood students often struggle with social and economic challenges that students in other parts of the city don’t have to deal with. As a result, she said alumni feel a special connection to their former school and want to help its current students achieve their goals.
"The demographics in Elmwood have changed," she said.
"For example, there are a lot of newcomer families. These children have parents who work very hard, some of them have two or three jobs, and their parents just can’t afford to send them to college or university."
Boughton said the bursaries are awarded to outstanding students who are working toward various career goals.
"We just want to help them build the lives they want," she said.
Anyone interested in attending the dinner can call Terry Neplyk at 792-4151. Donations can be made to the Elmwood High School Legacy Fund through the Winnipeg Foundation at www.wpgfdn.org.