Lakes District residents had no problem facing a rainy morning to smash a car parked at the Lakeview Mall last Saturday.
Within minutes, front and back windows, side windows and headlights, were gone.
The “Smash n’ Bash” event was a fundraiser to support the Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) 2016 graduating class.
In order to smash the vehicle, people paid $50 per hit for the front and back windows; $25 per hit for the side windows; and $15 for the mirrors, headlights and taillights.
The Smash n’ Bash event is not the only fundraiser being organized by parents of the 2016 graduating class.
This Friday, April 22, about 20 volunteers will be selling a variety of pizzas – Hawaiian, deluxe, pepperoni and cheese – to raise more money for the graduation. As of April 15, they have confirmed the sale of over 500 pizzas, and orders were still coming through.
“We could be looking at about 600 pizzas [by Friday],” said Lori Schmitz, one of the parents organizing the fundraiser.
The volunteers will be making pizzas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and people will be required to pick them up at the LDSS library between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on April 22.
The pizzas cost $15 each, bringing the total raised to over $10,000 so far. And there are more fundraisers in the works.
Students and parents are planning a 50/50 draw as well as a car wash to help raise more money. However, these two fundraisers have not been confirmed.
The 2016 graduating class has also set up an account at the Burns Lake Recycling Depot, which is currently accepting donations.
The commencement ceremony will take place June 10, 2016, and the “dry grad” will take place June 11.
This will be the first dry grad in several years to take place in Burns Lake.
“The motivation is to make sure that the kids have a safe, fun, entertaining evening without drugs and alcohol,” said Schmitz. “[We’re] Just making sure that they go home safe to their families.”
“Eventually they will go to college and we want to make sure that they are in a safe environment and free of drugs and alcohol,” she added.
Both the commencement and dry grad will be held at the LDSS gym. The approximately 80 students graduating this year can expect inflatable activities and even a hypnotist from Vancouver.
Overwaitea Foods has contributed with pizza shells and the Wholesale Club will be providing gift cards.
The car for the Smash n’ Bash was donated by Cory Goertzen, from Uptown Automotive in Burns Lake.