Niverville Collegiate raises funds for garden

   dana braceletsStudents and staff of Niverville Collegiate are undertaking a special fundraiser in memory of one of their teachers.

   Angela Schinkel, Vice-President of Niverville Collegiate says that 2012-2013 school year will be spent remembering Dana Dueck. Dueck who died tragically July 8 in a motorcycle accident taught at the school for two years before she died.

   “She was only here for two short years but she definitely packed a punch in those two years,” stated Schinkel. “She touched many lives.”

   After graduating with honours from Landmark Collegiate she went to the University of Manitoba and got her degree in Physical Education. Her first job with Hanover School Division was at Steinbach Junior High and after three years she landed her dream job at the Niverville Collegiate as full time gym teacher for the junior high students.

   In her honour, students and staff are selling purple bracelets inscribed with See you in a Bit Dana. The student body embraced the phrase Dueck used regularly instead of saying goodbye to her husband.

   “It’s about remembering her and celebrating what she brought to our school,” Schinkel continued.

   The bracelets are being sold for a minimum of $2 each and hundreds have already been sold. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go towards a welcome garden being created at the Niverville Collegiate.

   “It will be a nice outdoor classroom,” Schinkel explained. “There will be a special place in the park to honour Dana.”

   Anyone interested in buying a memorial bracelet can call Niverville Collegiate at 204-388-4731 or email the school.

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