Parent Advisory Council (PAC) vice-president Misty Stuckel, rear centre, shows off the art piece to be copied with Horse Lake School principal Ty Lytton and The Pink Room artist/instructor Cheri Carrier, to the rear right, at the Winter Painting session on Nov. 23. The event had plenty of interest from its adult participants while the Grade 7 students were fundraising by selling food. Carole Rooney photo.

Horse Lake Paint Night

“Everyone had a lot of fun”

The Winter Painting fundraiser evening at Horse Lake School had smiles all around on Nov.23, from the artists-in-training to the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members who planned it to the Grade 7 students selling baking and concession items.

The school’s PAC vice-president, Misty Stuckel, says she heard about the success of paint-night fundraisers on Facebook, and immediately took an interest in this potential for “something different” at the school while raising funds through the general community.

After contacting The Pink Room in Williams Lake to see if they could bring one of its one-evening workshops on learning to paint to 100 Mile House, she discovered its artist/instructor Cheri Carrier was available, Stuckel says, so she then brought her idea forward to her group.

“Our PAC was super interested. Our big thing is trying to find other ways to bring money to our school, without further ‘taxing’ our parents. It’s a night out for people, it’s social – and it’s just not hitting our parents every single time.”

A total of 26 people signed up in advance at $40 each to learn to paint – all supplies included – or just to enjoy the social fun if they already paint. While the event in the gymnasium at the school could have managed with more folks than that registered, Stuckel says that it turned out to be a “really good number.”

“Everyone had a lot of fun and we had a lot of comments asking when we would be doing another paint night, and that they were looking forward to coming out again.

“We are definitely looking at doing something in the spring, and we even had parents asking if we could do a parent-child thing … so definitely something to look forward to. We will be discussing it at our next PAC meeting.”

The Grade 7 students were selling their tasty baked concoctions and concession items as their own fundraiser for their school.

Stuckel adds the PAC group needs and appreciates new members, and always welcomes support from the general community.

For more information, or to get your name on an interest list for another paint night, leave a message for the PAC at the Horse Lake Elementary School office at 250-395-4572.

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