They left school last summer, but representatives of the 2014 graduating class at Chatelech Secondary returned this week for some giving-back.
The grad class presented $1,000 cheques to both the Elves Club and the Sunshine Coast Food Bank.
The money was left over after the grad activities were paid for – money that is usually used to help the school or younger students. But this year, students and parents heard that the Elves Club was in need.
“The parents and some of the students talked about it and we just thought that they should give back to the community,” said parent Liz Armstrong, a member of the grad committee.
The class raised a total of about $15,000 for the graduation events. The money was raised from activities that included a drive-home service for party-goers, a fashion show, an auction, a bottle drive and a raffle. Some money that still remains after the $2,000 donation will be given as scholarships to the Chatelech class of 2015.
The Elves Club is working on distributing 700 hampers to families in need. President Lynn Nestman said there is a particular shortage of toys for ages 8 to 10. John Gibbs