Begbie View Elementary (BVE) held their annual Harvest Festival last night at the school. A community event and fundraiser, the festival was organized by the Parent Association Committee (PAC) and run by volunteers.
Youngsters enjoyed a gym full of various games, a concession, silent auction, apple sales, and some successful chicken bingo. A pumpkin carving contest had many creative entries.
Event coordinator Candice Mangione says the money raised can be used in a variety of ways to benefit the students. “We expect to support such things as free healthy lunches throughout the year, typically three of them, as well as supplies for teachers and funding for extracurricular activities. In December we have a scholastic book fair that helps to stock up the library,” says Mangione.
Principle Todd Hicks was happy with the community turn out. “We had a packed house of families who had an amazing and fun time,” he says. “Annually, this event is a highlight for many, and this year did not disappoint. I would like to extend a pumpkin truck load of gratitude on behalf of the school to Candice, as well as the BVE PAC and all the parent and student volunteers”
The event would not be possible without the support of the community. “I would like to thank Save of Foods for donating all the concession items and Southside Market for being our pumpkin sponsor and Revelstoke Credit Union for the popcorn. Pharmasave, Legends and Heroes and Grizzly Books and Serendipity Shop supplied prize,” says Mangione. “Our silent auction was thanks to Kidz on Main, RGear at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Starbucks, Sessa Studios, Revelstoke Florist, Mountain Goodness Natural Foods, the Revelstoke Golf Club and VS Art Studio.”
Mangione says family friendly events at school are an important part of fostering students’ positive experiences in their learning space. “They work really hard,” she points out. “I think it’s important they get to have some fun at school too.”