Teacher strike postpones high school fundraiser

A fundraiser to help send high school students to Guatemala to do humanitarian work is being impacted by the teachers’ strike.

The joint Carihi and Timberline International Co-op class was scheduled to hold Grunt Work for Guatemala – an auction for household chores – yesterday but the date has been changed to March 13.

“Due to our strike action, I think it prudent to postpone this event until the following week,” said Barb Izard, International Co-op teacher.

Students will team up to perform a minimum of four hours of grunt work for the community such as cleaning out garages, digging ditches, raking lawns, turning over gardens, housework and other household tasks.

The students will charge $20 per hour and all work will be supervised. The auction to bid on the chores and students has been re-scheduled for Tues., March 13 in the Timberline cafeteria at 6 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.The chores will be completed by the students on either Sat., March 17 or Sun., March 18 depending on which date works best for the bidder.

“I know this may inconvenience some people but as I can not attend the March 6 event (due to strike action), perhaps best all around,” Izard said. “Thanks for understanding.”

The co-op class will be in Guatemala July 1-15 to build two houses. The students will also help teach English in the local school and orphanage. The class needs to raise $8,000 in project fees before the end of the school year.

Other upcoming fundraisers include:

  • Hoop for Houses – drop in hula hooping for $5 on March 20, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Timberline gym


  • International Co-op a thon – a triathlon made up of a 750-metre swimming course, a 20-kilometre bike course and a five-kilometre running course. Cost is $20 per person or $50 per team. Takes place March 24 at 10 a.m. starting at Strathcona Gardens.
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