Chicks make their mark at Lindale

Nathan Liewicki
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Saskatchewan Roughrider Levi Steinhauer, left, members of the Moose Jaw Fire Department, MLA Greg Lawrence, Allison Shillington, right, and her Grade 1 class at Lindale School cheer on chicks at its Peep and Poop Fundraiser Thursday. About $5,000 was raised and will go toward the school's Playground Fund.

Peep and Poop Fundraiser raises $5,000

The crowd inside Lindale School's gymnasium was told to hush so the chicks would not get performance anxiety.

As it turned out, a quiet atmosphere is the perfect recipe for chicks to poop.

The first ever Lindale Peep and Poop Fundraiser began soon after students in Allison Shillington’s Grade 1 class wearing green T-shirts inked with the words ‘I’m a Smarty-Patardy’ and colourfully constructed chick hats entered the gym carrying chicks.

Placed in a blue bin before being set free to explore an enclosed 150-square checkerboard, the chicks were the main attraction at Thursday’s event, which saw MLAs Greg Lawrence and Warren Michelson in attendance alongside members of the Moose Jaw Police Service and the Moose Jaw Fire Department.

The chicks may not, however, have been a bigger attraction than 2005 Lindale graduate and Saskatchewan Roughrider Levi Steinhauer, who made an appearance at the fundraiser.

“We’re known as the rural school and we came up with the idea for animal bingo to raise funds for new playground equipment,” Christa Lapointe, chairman of Lindale’s School Community Council (SCC).

The SCC, in the second of the playground fund’s three-year initiative, came up with this idea with the aid of a book after brainstorming fundraising ideas.

According to Heather Gobbett, principal at Lindale, the goal for the fundraiser was $5,000 — a mark they reached Thursday with the help of a $500 donation from Farm Credit Canada. As a result, $20,000 of the $25,000 for the playground fund has been raised.

“When we started planning it out we were aiming for about ($5,000), but we didn’t know quite what to expect because we had never done anything quite like this before, or heard of anything quite like this before,” Gobbett told the Times-Herald.

“It’s been a really big event within the school community for sure.”

Add to the fact that the race to see which chicks would poop first, and thus award prizes to three different categories of donors, was displayed on a live webcam, and the event was an enjoyable event for all in attendance.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Playground Fund

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