By Susan Lowndes
Would you like a day off from all your school classes? Bring enough silver coins that your home-room teacher spends all day rolling them, and you can do just that.
Students at Kelvington High School (KHS) spent Feb. 26 taking part in “survivor” challenges while their teachers rolled coins. Each class was to bring enough coins to school to keep their teacher busy while students could then stay in the gymnasium, where everything was happening. How many coins does it take to stay in the gym all day?
“Well,” said Sheila Guilbault, KHS teacher and coin-rolling aficionado, “the Grade 6 class went back to their room in the first period.” Guess they didn’t bring quite enough coins; let’s chalk that up to this being their first year at KHS.
While teachers rolled, students took part in a race that had them jumping rope, balancing on a wobble board, dropping their forehead onto a bat and spinning in circles and then coming up for air to try to drop a ball in the basketball hoop.
Taking a break from the rolling, Guilbault looked at her hands and exclaimed to a student nearby, “Look how dirty my hands are! That is how dirty money is!”
Moving to the stage, winners of the race used hairspray, gel and makeup to win the next challenge but, given what the following challenge was, one would wonder if they should have tried very hard to win.
“Oh it’s worth it,” enthused Alyssa Hartl, who made it to the finals with Amanda Brownlee. Really? The two were presented with a plate of food they had to eat. The first one done would claim the trophy.
Austin Prystay, senior stick, took great pleasure in describing the meal, an entree of sandwich à crème glacée garnished with horseradish and a herring delicacy, a pilchard (read sardine) graced with Pablum hollandaise. To wash it all down, literally and necessarily, a can of cream soda. “Really,” exclaimed KHS math teacher Rob Lissinna, “you had to make them drink cream soda after all of that!”
Clearly the food presentation was no match for Brownlee. As Hartl plugged her nose while chugging the meal, Brownlee gamely ate the contents of the dish, rinsing her palate with the cream soda. “This is how it’s done!” she might have been saying, holding the trophy above her head, a huge smile on her face.
Teachers were rolling coins. A giant jenga competition kept students busy until noon, and classes whose teachers were still tackling loose coins spent the afternoon watching a movie. And still, teachers rolled coins.
“Last year we could roll pennies but this year the pennies were out, so that may make a big difference in how long we will be rolling,” Guilbault explained.
Ms. Nicholls, vice-principal at KHS, had her hands full rolling coins and nabbing the students who were trying to slow her down. For much of the morning it was Students one, Nicholls zero.
School pride was clearly evident during the morning activities that raised money for Telemiracle. The camaraderie between students and teachers was a fitting reminder that working and playing together is a great way to raise money for a provincial campaign that has helped so many families in Saskatchewan, including some right here in Kelvington.
The total amount raised for Telemiracle by students and staff at Kelvington High School was $3245.90. No small feat!