The Wave helps Cumberland Community Schools Society

A customer appreciation party supported local charities such as CCSS.

WAVERLEY HOTEL OWNER Don McClellan (with beard) helped the Cumberland Community Schools Society recently.

It’s been a little over a year since Don McClellan purchased the 120-year-old Waverley Hotel.

In celebration of the anniversary last May, the pub hosted a customer appreciation party where patrons enjoyed a beer in support of local charities. The Cumberland Community Schools Society was lucky enough to be one of those recipients.

The Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) is a non-profit that has been operating in Cumberland since 2000. Offering a healthy hot lunch program as well as after-school and community programming, CCSS aims to increase the communities’ use of public school facilities, to integrate community services and to promote life-long learning.

Operating out of Cumberland Elementary School, CCSS offers a Healthy Lunch Program to students Monday through Thursday. Food is sourced from local vendors and served using reusable, recycled BPA free plastic dishes and cutlery.

This program ensures that all students have access to healthy food whenever they should need it and that they are given the tools to respect their classrooms, their classmates and the environment around them.

CCSS also provides a wide variety of after-school programs in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Students are given the opportunity to mountain bike in our local forests, work in the school garden, play soccer or learn to play a new instrument.

Programs are free and take advantage of the variety of talented members of our community. In the coming year CCSS hopes to expand and diversify their programming to meet the needs of the broader community.

CCSS is looking for individuals who would like to serve as board members. The CCSS Board is a working board, and directors attend monthly meetings, volunteer at special events and provide leadership for the organization.

CCSS welcomes individuals from inside and outside the school community who would like to be a part of maintaining and developing the organization.

For more information about CCSS, to donate, or to get involved, contact program co-ordinator Sue Loveless at ccss.coordinator@gmail.com, 250-336-8521 or find CCSS online at www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com and on Facebook.

— Cumberland Community Schools Society

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