Dance this Friday will support Killaloe school 0
KILLALOE-HAGARTY-RICHARDS TWP. - Killaloe Public School will be hosting a family dance this Friday night in support of its bid to win $20,000 in a national online contest.
The family dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to all students and their parents from both the Renfrew County District School Board and the Renfrew County Catholic School Board.
Killaloe Public is one of 10 finalists in Canada taking part in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge School Competition, a contest in which schools try to win funding to build an outdoor classroom. The goal behind the contest is to generate inspiring, creative ideas where students can learn outside the traditional classroom.
To win, Killaloe Public School needs the daily online votes of everyone in the community and beyond before May 11, and it is their hope residents of Renfrew County will stand with them in this effort.
Wednesday at the monthly meeting of Renfrew County Council, Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards Mayor Janice Visneskie asked all members of county council to get on their computers and vote.
"$20,000 would mean a lot to Killaloe Public School and the children are just thrilled," Mayor Visneskie said.
Teacher Lyndsey Mask, who is spearheading the effort, said that so far things are going well. Proceeds from the DJ dance will go towards the outdoor classroom. She added she hopes to host a plant sale in early May, while a school-wide penny drive is also kicking into high gear.
Killaloe Public, one of the smaller schools in the contest, is competing against schools in Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Voting is open to all Canadians who are the age of majority. Members of the public are asked to go to www.majesta.com to cast their votes and support the rural school. Voting is open until Friday, May 11. Voters can vote each and every day so be sure to log on and help out Killaloe Public School. Every person who votes is entered into a draw to win a $10,000 cash prize from Majesta.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist