Feature Story                                                                                            Saturday, December 7, 2013


The Day the Mo Had to Go

Bernard Elementary School Peer Leaders bake their way to a big cash donation for the Movember cause

Staff/Voice photos


Principal Janine McCurdy speaks to students about the importance of Movember on Monday.


here's no other school in Chilliwack where the students connect so strongly to their teachers than at Bernard Elementary.


The kids were excited to see their much-loved teachers remove the cookie dusters they'd been growing for Movember. They were just moustaches, but to the 300 students assembled in the gymnasium last Monday, this hair-razing experience represented a lot of fun.


Movember fundraisers happened across the country. The objective of the events is to raise awareness about other men's health issues like prostrate cancer.


So whether their wives liked it or not, there was no getting out of it and all the male teachers had to grow the mo.


Principal Janine McCurdy said they were holding a food drive and quizzed the students on what items are acceptable at the Food Bank.


She told The Voice her students have worked extra hard all of November raising money.


"The kids have done a bake sale, they've voting and they had to pay for voting; the bushiest, the longest, the most creative moustache," she said.


"This is all for men's health and so we spent all month promoting Movember so this is a culmination of our whole month of activity."


Vice-principal David Wellington was enthusiastic about participating and he said they also sold moustaches cut-outs.



With theatrical panache, Bernard Elementary Vice-principal David Wellingham (R-L) and teachers Steve Ball and Gavin McDonald and teachers shave their moustaches off with panache.


"Our Peer Leaders have put together a moustache for every student in the school and they should all be coming in with theirs, and when we shave, the kids are going to take theirs off too," he said.


Wellingham pointed out that throughout November, the school's Peer Leader program raised $180 in the bake sale alone, and after the other sales like the popcorn sale are totaled, the school's donation would likely be in the vicinity of $300.


"It's one of the many things that our Peer Leaders donate money to throughout the year. They raise money. It's a sense of contribution and making contributions to groups outside of our school. It's all part of Peer Leading and making a difference," he said.


Another element of the morning's activities was the reading challenge and new books were awarded to students who read up to 50 books in a month.


That was great fun. The kids all lined up to get at the three plastic totes full of brand new books in the library that were all theirs to take home.


The school will be holding their annual turkey dinner for all the students and staff on December 12th.


For more information about Movember Canada, visit www.ca.movember.com


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