This past Friday was our annual school Walkathon. As usual, the day was met with endless enthusiasm and community spirit (with lots of sunshine mixed in!) all in an effort to raise funds for our school. As our one big fundraiser for the year, we have traditionally looked to the Walkathon to provide us with opportunities to purchase new technology, sport and music equipment, a new playground, and classroom furniture, among other things. In a break from tradition, we now look to this year’s Walkathon funds, and funds from future Walkathons, to go towards the seismic upgrading of our school building. Across the province, public and independent schools alike are assessing the seismic safety of their buildings and laying the groundwork for structural upgrades to their facilities so that the students of British Columbia can be protected as much as possible in the event of a disaster.
As an independent school, St. Paul does not receive any money from the Richmond School District or the provincial government for endeavors such as this, so we must rely on our school and parish community to come together in solidarity; we have along way to go, but every little bit helps. Our Walkathon totals for the last several years have increased each year, and we hope to see that trend continue well into the future. Anticipated results from current seismic assessments that are being undertaken at the school will provide us with a clear picture of what is needed for our school facility, and we will update the community as the information is made available to us.
We humbly thank you in advance for your support.
Yours in faith,