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Courtenay Elementary School Awarded $10,000 Community Enrichment Grant

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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 22:45

On January 21, Courtenay Elementary School and the Courtenay Elementary Community School Society (CECSS) attended the 2020 Community Enrichment Awards hosted by the Comox Valley Community Foundation, and held at the Comox Recreation Center. Courtenay Elementary was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Comox Valley Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation Fund to upgrade the school's kitchen facilities.

The kitchen is a hub of the school, seeing use throughout the day. Each morning, it hosts the Breakfast Club, where kids can come in for breakfast before class. Kids can also drop by at lunch if they forgot to bring their own lunch or want something extra, such as some milk or a piece of fruit, to top them up. Teachers, PAC, and community groups also use the kitchen throughout the day for cooking lessons and other activities. The kitchen is even busy in the evenings, serving as a venue for community workshops and other programs.

With the kitchen seeing so much use, it was time to upgrade some of its equipment. The grant will be used to purchase a commercial dishwasher, new sink, and mobile kitchen prep tables that will ensure dishes and cutlery are thoroughly cleaned, and give staff and other users more counter space to prep food and serve up tasty meals and cooking lessons.

Group photo at CVCF Awards
Courtenay Elementary School was awarded a $10,000 to help upgrade equipment in the kitchen. Executive Director of CECSS, Shawn Thir (front and center and doing a good job of hiding Courtenay Elementary School principal, Catherine Manson), poses for a photo with members of the Rotary Club of Courtenay who made the grant possible.

Courtenay Elementary and CECSS are extremely grateful for this grant to help improve the kitchen and bring people together through food.