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Freemasons boost school district’s Bridge Program in effort to help students

A $1,000 cheque is presented to Timberline’s Ryley Gordon, student of the Bridge program, by Joe Yelder of Strathcona Lodge of Perfection. Also attending the presentation were (from left): Timberline principal Laird Ruehlen, Mark Donaldson, Joe Yelder, Harold Hayes, Ryley Gordon, John W. Spry, Teague Hammell, and teacher Jeff Lontayao. Photo contributed

The Freemasons of Campbell River, through the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation’s Provincial Deputy’s Awards, has just improved opportunities for success for students in the Bridge Program at Timberline Secondary School.

The Bridge Program is for students who struggle to stay in school. For these students, education generally is a low priority, if a priority at all because of a variety of family or life situations. Each semester, students in this program (grades ten to twelve) are selected for assistance in staying school and to provide basic work/career skills so they may have a better chance in or out of school.

The money provided by the Charitable Foundation of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Canada (A.A.S.R.) is a result of an application by the members of Campbell River’s Strathcona Lodge of Perfection. The funds of $1,000 will be used in the program for: 1) transportation to work experiences and field trips; 2) clothing for work experiences; 3) support for lunch; 4) classroom material.

The A.A.S.R, a concordant body of Freemasonry, is normally associated with the goals of “Helping Solve the Puzzles of the Mind,” such as dyslexia. This new initiative is designed to aid individuals in the process of gaining skills to benefit training, education or the mental well being of youth.