There’s something about being outdoors on a beautiful fall day that makes everything seem right with the world – just ask the more than 150 people who took part in the Pearson Educational Foundation (PEF) Golf Classic.
Not only did they enjoy a beautiful day of golf and dining, they raised $60,000 for the Pearson Educational Foundation which provides funding for LBPSB school initiatives beyond the scope of regular government funding.
As well, the foundation supplies winter clothing for students in need, assists the LBPSB’s Hungry Kids programs, furnishes equipment and ingredients for cooking classes in several alternate and life-skills programs, pays registration for entries to science and robotics tournaments, funds several summer camps for students with academic or affective difficulties – providing fun and a leg-up for the next school year – and manages a number of in-memoriam bursaries for the high schools. Last year, in collaboration with Educational Services, robotics was inserted into the elementary curriculum from Kindergarten to grade 6 in every primary LBP school.
PEF president Barbara Freeston said she was more than happy with the monies raised at the Oct. 3 golf tournament that took at the Club de Golf Atlantide in Notre Dame de l`Ile Perrot.
“We raised $59,000 at the event and donations are still coming in – so we will have reached our goal of $60,000,” Freeston said adding that each year the money raised from the foundation’s major fall fundraiser is used throughout schools at the Lester B. Pearson School Board for innovative entrepreneurial teacher-designed and driven projects outside the parameters of MELS funding.
For example, by funding gardening tools, soil-testing equipment, plants, wood and seating, what was formerly a weed-infested swampy quadrangle at John rennie High School has been transformed into a peaceful garden, with vegetables growing in raised beds at the sides and koi swimming in a pond at the centre.
“This is just one of the ways PEF enriches the lives of the students of the LBPSB, and ensures them an education second to none,” Freeston said.
For more information, go to http://pef.lbpsb.qc.ca