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Wednesday , 28 July 2021
From left, Calvin Anhorn, Andrew McCrae, Dylan Baddock, as well as Marion and Laurence Ferbey who donated the land. Photo submitted

VES teachers donate to recreation with Grow the Ice Plant

Vermilion Elementary School (VES) staff purchased a one-acre plot to support the Vermilion Curling Club’s Grow The Ice Plant Fund.

The $100 donation came from their Casual Friday Fund and will support current and alumni students through their participation in curling, skating, and hockey.

The Grow The Ice Plant Fund is an effort involving community members and local businesses in seeding and harvesting approximately 100 acres donated by the Ferbey family.

“We know this is for a good cause and a big part of the community. This is a small part but we thought we could do something to help,” said principal Calvin Anhorn.

He continues to play hockey and said that staying active not only benefits your physical wellness but your mental wellness. Many activities that keep you active also allow you to interact with people and socialize, and he said being involved with something seems more important than ever during this pandemic.

“We are very thankful for the teachers at VES for their support of the Grow The Ice Plant project,” said Andrew McCrae, president of the Vermilion Curling Club and VES alumni.

“Both the schools and rinks are large parts of our community, and its wonderful when we can pull to together to try and achieve our goal of getting a new ice plant.”

If there is anyone else that would like to contribute, squares are still available at Vermilion Credit Union. The $100 squares represent one acre of the recently harvested crop and help cover some of the added costs they were unable to have donated.

The Vermilion Curling Club’s fundraising efforts will be compiled with those of the Vermilion Skating Club, Vermilion Minor Hockey, and the Town of Vermilion’s Facility Enhancement Project Committee. Together, all of these groups will be supporting the $2 million fee for a new ice plant to keep future ice surfaces in the community.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.