Local students and educators are celebrating a recent funding announcement. Through Tbaytel’s For Good community fund, the Kenora Catholic District School Board has received $1,500 for ski equipment for students in Red Lake’s St. John School.

The SJS Ski Club will use the funding to purchase a waxing station, and additional sets of cross-country skis to help them reach their goal of having enough equipment for every student who wants to join the club.

"This money is going to have an impact on our ski season because last year we had to cut kids from the loppet because we didn't have enough skis," said Grade 7 student Olivia Ewen. "We are excited to get the fund so we can buy more skis for everyone to participate."

While parents and grandparents were voting in Red Lake, 270 km away in Kenora the KCDSB community rallied behind St. John School as well.

"The Kenora Catholic community got behind St. John School in a big way," said Phyllis Eikre, Director of Education. "Many people were voting, every chance they had. Teachers had students voting in their classes, we had younger students voting from iPads, we had sports teams travelling to tournaments and voting while on the bus, and we had trustees and staff voting from home. We are one big family at Kenora Catholic and the whole family rallied for St. John School."

"It's just so amazing how people want to help our school earn this money and help kids to be able to ski. It just blows me away," said Ewen. 

Ben Baranesky, a Grade 7 student, was just as excited by the support of the community.

"It's really nice because the kids are getting to ski because of this money. In Kenora, they didn't have to vote but they did, and that is great. It's amazing that Kenora Catholic and everyone in the community helped to vote and we want to thank everyone for supporting us."

The SJS SKi Club video closed out the competition with 13, 706 votes. 

For more information:
Tbaytel For Good – Vote now!

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