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Grand prix fundraiser will help nourish students' minds and bellies

Canadian rider Jenn Serek and her horse, Okapi De Terlong, show off their skills to crowds during a show jumping event at the Langley School District Foundation
Canadian rider Jenn Serek and her horse, Okapi De Terlong, show off their skills to crowds during a show jumping event at the Langley School District Foundation's ninth annual Grand Prix Gala at Thunderbird Showpark on Sunday (June 1). A total of $60,000 was raised. Funds from this year's event will go towards new technology for Langley schools to aid many students including those with special needs and learning disabilities as well as meal programs at schools.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

More than $60,000 was raised at the ninth annual Langley School Foundation's Grand Prix celebration at Thunderbird Show Park on June 1.

The sold out affair had guests watching an international world class show jumping event that saw Brian Morton as the winner.

Under blue skies, 13 different wineries were pouring a selection of B.C. wines.

The money raised will go to innovative technology, some to help students with learning disabilities. It will also go to essential programs.

One of those essential programs is meal programs at schools.

"We are really doing a push on making sure all kids in the district can be fed and to keep this program sustainable," said foundation executive director Susan Cairns.

"Sadly, the need in the district is great and there are many coming to school hungry."

Along those lines, the foundation would like to fund greenhouses at school where vegetables can be grown by the students and used in the meal programs.

"Then the students can take ownership of feel they are contributing rather than feeling like it is a hand out," she said.

Already, this exists at Aldergrove Secondary and the goal is to bring it to Brookswood Secondary next, said Cairns.

To learn more go to langleyschooldistrictfoundation.org.

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