Students from Holy Names Catholic High school held a book fair Sunday May 29 to help raise funds for the Students Helping Students program. The second annual event is put on by the student council and volunteers. Money raised goes to help less fortunate students who may need assistance attending a field trip or purchasing uniforms. According to Kristine Simard, student council teachers representative, the students have regular fundraisers throughout the year to help with various charities within the city.
According to Simard, the student council at Holy Names is made up of some 30 students who hold various positions from grade representatives through to the Prime Minister.
“We have meetings every Thursday to help organize various functions throughout the school year, said Simard.
Simard insists that the book fair has been in the planning stages long before the recent controversy involving the closing of school libraries. The month of May had been spent collecting books for the fair.
At last count the students had collected over 3000 books.
“We’re hoping to promote literacy, the enjoyment of reading and relaxation,” said Simard. “We’re hoping to help people to learn to love reading.”