After School Club starts up at Vavenby Primary School

The Kindergarten to Grade 3 children and the leaders meet in the library Thursdays after school

Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department member Larry Reiter (l) won the award for Best Attendance and Austin Green won for Firefighter of the Year.

Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department member Larry Reiter (l) won the award for Best Attendance and Austin Green won for Firefighter of the Year.

Vavenby Primary School started an After School Club on Nov. 10. Teacher Julie Boyes came up with the idea and Fay Jones, lunchtime supervisor at the school, coordinates it.

The Kindergarten to Grade 3 children and the leaders meet in the library Thursdays after school after having had a snack. The students bring their own bread, jam, or peanut butter. Vavenby Trails Society, a Community Links grant from the Ministry of Children and Families, and a Healthy Schools Network grant from the Directorate of Agencies financially support the club for School Health B.C.

Part of club time is spent in oral reading. Gerri Dohms and Arlee Yoerger brought their dogs so the children could read to them. Rachel Dohms, Melissa Dohms, Alexis Weber, and Justin Stein are in charge of games and crafts.

There will be cross-country skiing, sledding and skating, depending on the weather. Fine Things Thrift Store donated the skates.

The club will stop for winter break on Dec.15 and resume Jan. 3. The club will switch to Tuesdays from Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, as Krystle Moilliet will be doing drama with the children. The club will go back to Thursdays for the month of March but starting April 2 it will change to Mondays for gymnastics for eight weeks. The club will wind up at the end of May.

The club will be open to Vavenby home taught Kindergarten – Grade 3 children starting Jan. 5. There will be a $2 drop-in fee to help cover costs. The exact change must be brought. The reading program will not be included and home taught children must supply their own skates and a helmet. They must have a helmet to skate.

Vavenby prepares for Xmas

There was an Open House at Doris Scarff`s house on Dec. 1. There were many good gifts to buy such as Serenity products, tickets for the 2012 concerts, and a whole binder of Serenity gift ideas. There was also Haute Dog Coature selling its dog coats and jewellery, decorative boots made by Barb Pennell to put wine bottles in, birch cooking utensils made by Eki, Watkins products, and Anne Lane was selling Christmas tree ornaments and her artwork. There were baked goods and veggies to eat and coffee to drink. Approximately 27 people came out for the event.

Firefighters hold dinner

Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department (VVFD) held its Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the fire hall. Charlotte Cederholm, the dispatcher and secretary of the department, organized it. Over the week she decorated the room and on the third she worked hard all day cooking a delicious dinner of baron of beef, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, devilled eggs, buns, pickles, trifle, coffee, and punch to feed 21 hungry stomachs.

All volunteers were given a cheque, a duffle bag with their name on it, and a thank you card. Board members also received duffel bags with their names. The Firefighter of the Year award went to Austin Greene. Larry Reiter got the award for Best Attendance.

TNRD director Tm Pennell thanked Cederholm for organizing and cooking a great dinner. Socializing, clean up, and games such as crib followed.