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Nathan Liewicki
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Chicks to be stars of Lindale School fundraiser

Before moulding it into their own, Lindale School stole the idea for their upcoming fundraiser from a book.

Heather Gobbett, principal at Lindale, told the Times-Herald that staff and members of the School Community Council (SCC) were brainstorming ideas for fundraisers this school year when they came up with one revolving around some newly hatched chicks hit them.

“The teacher representative on the council is a Grade 1 teacher and she has chicks in her class every year,” said Gobbett. “She has lots of ties with them to curriculum, life cycles and caring for others.”

Not only has Allison Shillington’s class been caring for the chicks for past week, but there are duck eggs about to hatch as well.

That said, it’s the chicks that will be the stars of the Lindale Peep and Poop Fundraiser.

A peep and poop grid has been constructed and divided into150 squares. At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, the chicks will be released onto the grid.

The first number to be defecated on will be declared a winner – in each of the three pools.

One is the student poop pool. Gobbett said they had to start a second grid because students quickly snapped up the $1 squares.

Squares for the second grid can be purchased for $5 a piece by the community, members of the general public and Prairie South School Division staff. The third grid, at $50 per square, is reserved for corporate organizations.

While there are prizes for the student and general public poop pools, the corporate poop pool carries a prize of honourable mention and publicity.

The money raised will go toward fundraising for Lindale’s new playground, which its SCC is in the second of a three-year campaign of raising funds for.

“The SCC does many things in the school … but this is one piece that they are working on,” said Gobbett.

And if you are unable to watch the chicks defecate on the 150-square grid, there will be a live webcam – currently waiting for the ducklings to hatch – broadcasting the event.

“We are going to put the live cam in the gym so that when we do our fundraiser, the kids can see it happening on the projector,” said Gobbett.

Among those expected to be in attendance for the event are Saskatchewan Roughrider Levi Steinhauer, MLA Warren Michelson and members of the Moose Jaw Police Service and Moose Jaw Fire Department.

Organizations: SCC, Lindale School, Times-Herald Prairie South School Division Moose Jaw Police Service Moose Jaw Fire Department

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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