Red and white tulips bloom last May in the flower beds that ring Victoria’s Inner Harbour. In the background is the provincial Legislature building. (Don Denton/Victoria News photo)

Moricetown School fundraises for Victoria legislature trip

MESS Grades 5-7 class raising money with raffles, food and a concert.

This spring, the Moricetown Elementary Secondary School (MESS) Grades 5-7 class will be travelling to Victoria for a memorable class trip. There, they intend to take a tour of the Legislature building.

“Our tour was booked yesterday,” said teacher and vice principal Aaron Burgess last Wednesday.

During last year’s election, the class hosted Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson. The class learned a great deal about the political process, and it got them interested in seeing firsthand how parliament works.

Funding a trip of this magnitude won’t be easy. The class already sold raffle tickets for Valentine’s Day gift packs and is now selling tickets to be drawn Feb. 27 for loads of firewood.

Next month, the class will be asking community members to donate non-perishable food items for a substantial gift basket raffle. For April, they’ll be hosting a violin concert. And in May, there are plans for a Best Bannock Bake-Off and a Safeway barbecue. Burgess figures they will need $15,000, of which $2,200 has already been raised.

“Some of these kids have never even been in a plane,” explained Aaron. “So it’s going to be a pretty big deal.”

For more information on this great initiative or to make a donation, contact Aaron Burgess at maburgess@kyahwes.ca.

– Submitted article.

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