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BCHS Coffee House raises money to build school in Africa

Image credit: BCHS school poster for BCHS Coffee House and Fair Trade Market. 

Tonight from 5:00-9:00pm is the annual Coffee House and Fair Trade Market hosted by Bonnyville Centralized High School.

All the proceeds raised from the Coffee House will go directly to building a school in Africa.

Various projects have taken place with the funds, including buying medical equipment for a village in Africa and finding sustainable food sources for the people in the village.

The Coffee House and Fair Trade Market has been happening since 2007, and was started by former BCHS teacher Natalie Reid.

Usually the event is held at the school, but due to the recent modernization of the building, it will be relocated to the Centennial Centre Field House.

This event is the only one of its kind in the area and will be run by the students and teachers of BCHS.

The students take a large role in organizing the occasion.

“The students help organize and set up structures. They also sell products and serve beverages and desserts,” said student organizer Kendra Moore.

The public is able to see what the students do to help the community and bigger organizations.

Along with planning and running the event, the students are also tasked with coming up with a fun and exciting theme to bring in the public.

The Fair Trade coffee served at Coffee House has all of its proceeds sent back to the manufacturers.

Vendors like 10,000 Villages have been a main distributor at Coffee House and provides many useful and practical products that work great as Christmas gifts.

The market has a variety of goods for the public who pay the admission price to buy. Fair trade sports equipment, honey, skincare products, pashmina, and Rafiki bracelets are some of the products sold at the market.

There will be an admission fee of $5.00 per person. In return, they will receive a dessert, a beverage, and access to the Fair Trade Market.