By Nikki Jamieson
Vauxhall Elementary has received a check for $1,500 for the purchase of new sport and playground equipment from the Vauxhall Saddle Club.
“It’s fantastic, very generous and certainly is going to make our recesses and sports program more enjoyable for kids when they got some new equipment. We’re always having to replenish our equipment; it gets old, it gets worn out,” said Dale Cummings, Vauxhall Elementary school principal. “(The check) was way more then we ever expected.”
The elementary school had written to the VSC, asking for support so they could get new equipment. One day at the end of September, VSC member Pete Janzen showed up and presented the school with a check.
“We figure it was a good thing to use the money on,” said Janzen. “It isn’t just for one pupil, one student, it’s for everybody that comes along and is in need of. When they go to do their sports activities, they will have balls, bats, gloves, you name it, whatever they can purchase as they need of, for the whole elementary school.”
While the VSC is in a “semi-retirement” state after about 60 years of operation, the club is still active, since they still have some money left in their coffers from their years of operation, and have to donate that money before they can formally cease operating.
“We’re not in full operation, but we haven’t disbanded. We’re still a club.”
With the money, the school is planning to first get new soccer balls. Afterwards, they will form an athletic team to brainstorm what else to use the money for.