Beachcombers $800 richer

Beachcombers’ families tried to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom in a nationwide competition.

STUDENTS DIG IN Beachcombers' ocean-view garden in Fanny Bay.

STUDENTS DIG IN Beachcombers' ocean-view garden in Fanny Bay.

Beachcombers’ families made an extraordinary attempt to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom in the nationwide Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition that was decided through online voting.

Beachcombers Community School in Fanny Bay made it as a finalist, but was not able to garner enough votes to win. Beachcombers mustered 9081 votes; an extraordinary number relative to Beachcombers’ student numbers.

As a finalist, Beachcombers was awarded a $500 tree donation, and also won an iPad as part of the application process.

“We are very proud to have been a finalist in the Majesta completion, and are pleased with the tree donation and iPad. We just couldn’t compete against schools with more than ten times our student numbers. In the big picture, having small student numbers and small class sizes is a huge win for our students and something we celebrate!” said principal Wendy Preston.

The competition is sponsored by Majesta, producer of soft and green household paper products, in partnership with TreeCanada and Focus on Forests.

Beachcombers Community School is continuing to work towards development of it organic garden, composting centre, and in the long-term, a further outdoor classroom.

“Baynes Sound Lions has donated $800, which has enabled us to started on our organic garden and put in a natural play area. We are very grateful to the Lions Club for all their support!” said Preston.

“Beachcombers wishes to thank everyone in the community who has supported out goals for our students. It is wonderful to be able to offer children an opportunity to dig in the garden, especially one that has such stunning ocean views!”

— Beachcombers Community School