Preschool raises money with clean up

Uplands Park the target for tiny clean up crews this weekend

Many small hands make light work, and with the help of their parents, the children who attend Gonzales Co-operative Preschool will be cleaning up local beaches while raising money for the school.

For the first time since 2008, the parents of the preschool will be heading out to beaches and parks around Oak Bay for their annual beach clean up.

While the clean up had been running for eight consecutive years before 2008, this is the first time since families will be holding the fundraiser.

“It’s the big annual fundraiser,” said Gonzales parent Jana Davison. “This is my first year at the preschool and I have signed up to help clean up Uplands Park.”

The families raise money by getting pledges from their friends, neighbours and other community members. Each family is responsible for $150, which they can choose to pay out of their pocket instead of getting pledges.

The preschool has been part of the community since 1953 and Davison said it’s a “calm, lovely place for your children to be.”

“It’s just a really wonderful play-based preschool with lots of community and parent involvement,” she said.

The 30 families will be heading out to clean up Uplands Park on March 2 and will finish the day with a party including earth-friendly activities.

If you’d like to make a pledge you can contact one of the participating families, or the Gonzales preschool at 250-727-1003.