Two local elementary schools are benefiting from the generosity of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 in Langford.
Ruth King and Savory elementary schools both received $2,000 each to put towards supplies and learning tools.
Norm Scott, Langford Legion president, said it’s extremely rewarding to be able to give back to the community and those who need it the most.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve helped Savory Elementary and Ruth King as struggling schools within our school district,” Scott said, adding a number of families at those two schools are struggling to buy school supplies and other tools for learning.
Scott noted every Saturday the Legion holds a meat draw. The funds raised, other than expenses, are put into a gaming account. Through the account, Scott added they are able to donate funds to multiple organizations including school PACs, cadets and other youth groups in the community.
Tanya Gesslein, Savory Elementary PAC treasurer, said the school hasn’t purchased supplies with the donation yet, but is waiting until teachers complete a list of what they need.
“Two-thousand-dollars goes a long way for our school,” she said. “We are currently hoping to raise $20,000 this school year. This is to cover basic things for the kids such as sports equipment, emergency supplies, classroom support, special learning support, the cost of school buses for field trips, smart board technology.”
Gesslein added “receiving the donation from the Legion has helped alleviate some of the pressure that falls on the PAC to raise the required funds. The PAC wants to be able to provide the things that the kids and teachers need, specifically in the classrooms. The classroom and learning support budget is approximately $6,500 this year, if the teachers have what they need in the classroom to teach the kids then teachers and kids are happy which makes parents happy too and happy kids is the reason those of us on the PAC volunteer our time and energy.”
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