LAKEFIELD — Going through one other finish of the college yr with out a formal commencement dance, a bunch of moms have banded collectively to prepare a celebration for his or her Lakefield District Public College children.

As a result of pandemic, graduating Grade 8 college students aren’t having a typical school-hosted dance. As an alternative, they’ll be collaborating in a “honk out” — grads will journey from Lakefield District Public College all through the village — earlier than a commencement ceremony on Monday.

Shanna Toms, whose daughter Lily is graduating, is one in all a number of moms who determined to take issues into their very own palms.

“We felt, as a bunch of mothers, that it could be nice to offer a dance/social gathering for these college students given how robust these final two years have been on them,” stated Toms. “Graduating Grade 8 is a large accomplishment and it ought to be celebrated and acknowledged, in order that’s why we felt strongly about offering that for these children,” she added.

One guardian was in a position to safe the Lakefield Enviornment for the post-graduation celebration. Quickly, others joined in on the hassle.

“We had our first assembly a few weeks in the past and everybody was in settlement that we wanted to start out fundraising and getting donations.” Toms stated.

The group put out a name to native companies and group members, asking for financial and meals donations.

The response from the group was swift.

“It’s been overwhelming the quantity of people that’ve stepped up and donated meals, drinks, decorations and cash,” stated Toms.

Because of the help, organizers will have the ability to present grads with loads of meals — and even a DJ. Toms additionally hopes to have a slide present that includes grad and child images of scholars.

Buckhorn’s Pizza Alloro is taking good care of the meals, together with Lakefield Foodland and Buckhorn Foodland. Selwyn Township, McIntyre Electrical, Nice Canadian RV, the Ontario Insurance coverage Community and Cottage Nation Connection all made financial donations, stated Toms.

All in all, group members pitched in about $1,700. Leftover funds will probably be given to the Lakefield Meals Financial institution.

About 80 Lakefield District Public Pupil colleges are set to graduate on Monday. Toms and fellow organizers hope to see all of them upstairs on the Lakefield Enviornment for the large night time.

“For myself and the dad and mom, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for the group response that we’ve obtained. It actually reveals the power of what a group can do to make this the most important night time of their lives to date,” stated Toms.

Brendan Burke is a employees reporter on the Examiner, based mostly in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian authorities by its Native Journalism Initiative.



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