Bingo for Books – this Satur­day

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Ifyou en­joy a good game of bingo then why not come out to Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary School this Satur­day? The school’s par­ent’s com­mit­tee has or­ga­nized an af­ter­noon of bingo to raise money to buy books for the school’s li­brary. Although the makeover the li­brary re­ceived a few years ago made the room more invit­ing with new shelves and a read­ing corner, not many books have been pur­chased in re­cent years and many there are wear­ing out. “We have a re­ally nice li­brary but by grade six the kids have read ev­ery­thing. We still have the ‘back­pack’ ini­tia­tive go­ing on where the stu­dents can bring home for the week­end a back­pack full of books on a re­lated sub­ject,” men­tioned Kelly Be­langer of the par­ent’s com­mit­tee, adding: “It would be nice to be able to get rid of those tat­tered books.”

“We’ll open the doors at noon and the games will be­gin at 1:00 pm. We’ll play un­til 3:00 pm or later if we haven’t fin­ished giv­ing out all the prizes,” said Kelly. There is a $100 jack­pot to be won as well as al­most one hun­dred gift prizes. “We have things like men’s gloves, gift bas­kets, can­dles and lots more. We put ev­ery­thing on a gift ta­ble and then peo­ple can choose the gift that they want. We’ve re­ceived lots of do­na­tions from lo­cal mer­chants so there should be some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

The bingo will be held in the school’s gym­na­sium where there is plenty of room. The gym is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and there are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble wash­rooms nearby on the same floor. Vol­un­teers will be sell­ing home­made soup, sand­wiches, bev­er­ages and snacks be­gin­ning at noon for those who like to play on a full stom­ach. “Chil­dren are wel­come to come and play bingo too. It’s a fam­ily event,” said Kelly. Robert Shel­don has vol­un­teered to call the bingo and the Catholic Church in Beebe has do­nated the use of their bingo cards and bingo ma­chine. If you have your own bingo chips, bring them, or you’ll have to use beans! The bingo cards will cost $1 each.

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