Westshore Town Centre helping kids

Coins for Kids program helps fund Sooke School District elementary PACs

School parent advisory councils are always looking for ways to help raise money for worthwhile projects benefitting children.

The folks at Westshore Town Centre have once again dedicated the month of April to helping in that regard, using their Coins for Kids contest.

The contest sees elementary schools in the Sooke School District vie for points through shopping at the mall’s merchants. Every dollar spent – receipts are submitted in a draw barrel near Coast Capital Savings – equates to a point for the indicated school. This year, the school earning the most points by May 1 receives a $2,000 grant, while the runner-up is given a $1,500 grant. A random draw will see a third school receive $1,000.

“The incredible support from Coins for Kids has helped our PAC at David Cameron elementary offer bursaries, purchase an adaptable bicycle for physically challenged students … fund educational speakers, buy library books and assist the music program,” said Jennifer Hoenen, the school’s PAC treasurer.

The mall has continued its efforts to help the Goldstream Food Bank, by awarding 500 bonus points for every bag of non-perishable food items brought in by schools. A $500 gift card sponsored by Fairway Market will be awarded to the school that raises the most points in food donations.

“We felt the Food Bank initiative was an important addition to our campaign and Fairway Market has been a huge supporter by sponsoring a prize and selling pre-made bags at each till,” said Carlene McDonald, marketing manager for Westshore Town Centre. Collection bins and donation bags are located near Fairway Market and Centre Court.

For more information on the program, visit westshoretowncentre.com.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

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