Students and families in Kenora’s St. Louis School have raised just under $2,500 dollars to go towards the Lake of the Woods District Hospital’s new CT scanner. The cheque was presented at the school’s Morning Assembly to Jess Rheault, Executive Director for the Hospital Foundation, to applause and cheering from the students.

“We are really proud of the results because it was a true community effort,” said St. Louis School Principal, Maureen Frankcom. “Our staff raised $320 from their casual Friday’s fundraiser, the school hosted a hot dog day that raised $400, the Grade 4 CT Improvers raised $534.55 by selling personalized first aid kits and the School Council raised $1,119 from a fishing derby. Together we were able to donate $2,449.50 to the Foundation.”

The largest donation came from the fishing derby fundraiser hosted by the School Council in February.

“This money is going to help us reach our goal of $1.2 million,” said Rheault. “It’s great for the kids to be part of something that is big. It’s a really big number but each and every one of these students, parents and the teaches that got involved are all part of making sure the CT Scanner is here.”

Grade 5 student Matthew Prefontaine is glad the scanner is here. “I think it’s important to raise money for the CT Scanner. If we ever need it and we don’t have it, it will be really bad.”

Kyra Paypom is also happy with the results. “I think we did really good and raised a lot. Everyone participated in the hot dog day.”

“Thank you so much for getting involved,” added Rheault. “St. Louis School has a reputation for being a family school and a great community and they responded in a big way to the challenge. For such a small school it’s a great accomplishment.”

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