École Heritage held its first annual three-day garage sale in the school gym on May 25, 26 and 27 to raise money for students’ cultural activities.
“This year, we didn’t do much publicity just on Facebook and within the school, advertising in the newsletter,” says event organizer and substitute teacher Christine Aubin. “We just wanted to see how it worked out and the response has been good, the first day was very, very busy.”
The parents of Heritage students and people from the community donated everything for the garage sale and all remaining items will be donated back to Grandma’s Den. The students also helped out setting things up and placing the merchandise on the tables.
Considering the modest promotion and the success of the event there are plans to expand the concept next year and give the event more promotion.
“Next year we will put an ad in the paper and with the radio station to publicize it more. I think we will also open up the other half of the gym as we also plan to open it to people in the community who want to buy a table at the event as we did get some phone calls this year to see if they could do that,” says Aubin. ” Opening it up to the community makes it a bigger event and we have a big gym so if it rains we will be ok and the event can go ahead.”
The fundraising initiative is certainly warranted as next year promises to be a big year for École Heritage where cultural activities are concerned.
“Next year, Grades 7 to 9 are going to Quebec, Grades 11 and 12 will travel to Nicaragua and Grades 4 to 6 are going to Drumheller,” says Aubin.
“There are always activities going on so we try to raise funds to help with that.”