Courtenay school pulling out all stops for Tour de Rock

Brightly dyed hair, haircuts, head shaves and, maybe even a vice-principal kissing a pig are in the works for Valley View Elementary School.

Brightly dyed hair, haircuts, head shaves and, maybe even a vice-principal kissing a pig are in the works for Valley View Elementary School’s Tour de Rock fundraiser.

The event is set for 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at the school and the fundraising goal is $5,000.

District Parent Advisory Council co-representative for Valley View Ineke Burritt will shave off her golden locks if the school community reaches its fundraising goal.

“I have been touched by cancer many times through my sister and a dear friend,” Burritt says in a news release. “I always said I would shave my hair off along with my sister if she required chemotherapy, and we have been lucky so far, but it feels good to show that I mean it.

“As well, my dear friend and Valley View parent, Marnie Jewitt, lost her battle to cancer this summer.  I miss her daily, and doing this is personal for me. I want to honour Marnie.”

Burritt notes Jewitt fought cancer for five years, and was “present and prevalent in the school.”

Valley View principal Erica Black says parents, students and staff have jumped on board with fundraising efforts.

The school created a thermometer to monitor donations, and some students will start dying their hair when $50 is reached. More significant haircuts and aggressive hair dying comes next. At the $1,000 mark male teachers will dress as ladies for the day.

At $2,000, the other DPAC co-representative at the school will transform her short brunette hair into a bright purple do, and the vice-principal will kiss a pig. At $3,000, Black’s hair, which has never been dyed before, will become a bright green. And finally, if $5,000 is reached, Burritt will shave her hair off and the entire school will celebrate with a movie afternoon.

Black notes the school is following a ‘heroes’ theme for Tour de Rock and the Terry Fox run this year, and generally encouraging the school community to make the world a better place.

“We can all be heroes through simple actions such as being a friend, by being present to someone in need, and by working together to accomplish a common goal that will benefit a cause,” she says in the release. “We don’t need capes and tights to be heroes, but we can certainly have fun while we do this important work.”

Last year the school raised nearly $1,400 for Tour de Rock, but Burritt notes a few years ago the school raised over $5,000.

“I’ve taken it on a little bit as a personal mission or goal to make this year big, in Marnie’s honour,” she says, noting support at the school is huge this year. “I think it’s a very realistic and achievable goal to raise $5,000.”

The community is invited to come out to the school Wednesday morning for the event. The Head Shed will donate time to cut, shave and dye hair.

For more information or to make a donation, drop by the school office at 2300 Valley View Dr. in Courtenay or call 250-897-0343.

writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Stolen Bentley found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

Affordable rental housing complex opens in Courtenay

The Braidwood facility will house 34 people at risk of homelessness

Applications open for record bursary, scholarship funding at North Island College

Current and future North Island College students can now apply for scholarships… Continue reading

Second Stage Players present laughter and love in We Are Family

Get your tickets early to see the Evergreen Club’s Second Stage Players’… Continue reading

Open house opens access for those suffering from vision loss

Pat Chicquen understands how isolating losing vision can be, which is why… Continue reading

B.C. researcher says device mimics parent’s touch to help babies cope with pain

Calmer device is a rectangular platform that replaces a mattress inside an incubator

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

Most Read