Rain barrels sales aimed at sending General Amherst runners to Disney World

 

General Amherst High School is holding a rain barrel sale to help send ten  students and three staff members to Disney World next year. They hope to compete in distance runs. (Submitted photo)

General Amherst High School is holding a rain barrel sale to help send ten
students and three staff members to Disney World next year. They hope to compete in distance runs. (Submitted photo)

By RTT Staff

 

Runners at General Amherst High School are hoping to take their talents to Florida and are hoping rain barrels help get them there.

Through a partnership with the company RainBarrel.ca, the school is currently taking orders for rain barrels with proceeds helping to send ten students and three staff to Disney World in 2015. The students and staff would run in various races ranging from 5K to half-marathons.

“We’re selling them to people all across the county and Windsor,” said teacher Amy Soucie. “The hub is (General Amherst). We’re trying to reach as many people as possible.”

Soucie said there currently is no official running club at General Amherst, but that could likely change at the start of the next school year.

Cost to send students to Florida range from $800-$1,100, depending on how many races they run in. The cost includes flight and hotel but does not include items such as souvenirs, etc.

“Each race has its own price associated with it,” said Soucie.

Soucie said one of the goals is to open things up to all Essex County schools so they can travel together.

Rain barrels can be ordered through www.rainbarrel.ca/gahs or by calling 519-736-2149. The cost is $55 and people are encouraged to place their orders in advance of the sale. People can pick up their rain barrels May 17 at General Amherst High School from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

General Amherst is also holding two other events to raise money for the trip. A Grade 7-9 dance will be held May 23 with tickets $10 each. Feeder schools also have tickets in addition to them being available at the door that night at the high school. Soucie said there will be a free photo booth that night as well.

Also, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Applebee’s location at 2187 Huron Church Line June 7 from 8-10 a.m. Amherst students will be helping to serve and clear tables that morning. Cost is $12 and tickets are available at General Amherst.

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