Canadian rider Jenn Serek and her horse

Grand prix fundraiser will help nourish students’ minds and bellies

Around $60,0000 raised at ninth Langley School Foundation's Grand Prix celebration at Thunderbird Show Park on June 1.

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.

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