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Students from Clayton Heights Secondary School’s Project Equal club planted flowers at Zion Park Manor as part of its Earth Day activities. - SUBMITTED
Students from Clayton Heights Secondary School’s Project Equal club planted flowers at Zion Park Manor as part of its Earth Day activities.
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The sight of newly-planted geraniums, impatiens, marigolds and begonias helped usher in spring at Cloverdale’s Zion Park Manor.

The flowers were planted in containers on the residence’s top deck May 4, thanks to a gardening crew comprised of students from Clayton Heights Secondary School’s Project Equal club as part of its Earth Day activities.

One of the club’s main goals is to reach out to the community; members often serve food at the Surrey Urban Mission. They thought a spring flower planting work party would be a fun, community-oriented event.


About 75 students at Clayton Heights Secondary took part in April’s 36-hour famine, an awareness campaign to end global hunger.

There were “lots of wonderful teachers to help supervise” too, says student Nalin Dhillon, who’s a member of the school’s Project Equal Club, which organized the event. The symbolic famine started at 8 p.m. April 28 and ended at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

The students raised more than $6,200 – money the participants are dividing up among various local and international causes.

Those are: the Autism Foundation, Surrey Urban Mission, BC Children’s Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, and Clayton Heights’ school community in Sierra Leone,  for items like school supplies and teachers’ salaries.

The organizers thank community sponsors Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Cobs Bread, and Pharmasave, along with major sponsors PriceSmart Foods, Arthur’s Fresh Smoothies and Juice/WW Johnson Meat Co. for their overwhelming support.

“We believe we raised quite a bit of awareness about people who must live in poverty for days on end around the world,” Dhillon said. “Hopefully next year, we will have even more participation.”

– Cloverdale Reporter


Lord Tweedsmuir’s Prabdeep Sanghera broke three provincial records, all her own, at the B.C. high school weightlifting championships at Universal Fitness Centre May 14.

Competing in the 75 kg weight class, Sanghera lifted 90 kg in the snatch, 102 kg in the clean and jerk for a 192 total.

– Black Press


A local high school athlete has returned home with three medals from the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships in Coquitlam.

Sprinter Jasmine Grant of Lord Tweedsmuir earned gold in the 400m in the Grade 9-10 category. She finished in 58.78 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of the runner up.

Grant also won a pair of silvers – one for placing second in the girls 100m sprint, with a time of 12.94 seconds, losing first place by just .12 seconds. She also won silver in the 200m, finishing in 26.91 seconds.

Two Lord Tweedsmuir students finished one-two in the girls javelin in the junior category at the regionals.

Vanessa Jakubowski won the gold with a throw of 25.93m, with Jenna Elidoros taking second with a toss of 25.05m.

Sarah Buckingham of Lord Tweedsmuir won the gold medal in the girls triple jump. Her effort of 9.73m was nearly 40cm further than the runner-up.

Lord Tweedsmuir placed first in the girls 4x100m with a time of 52.6 seconds. Surrey Christian was third in 53.5 seconds.


Adams Road Elementary is holding its official opening ceremony this month.

The K to Grade 7 school, located at 18228 68 Ave., welcomed its first students on Jan. 20, 2011. The opening ceremony takes place Monday, June 20. There will be guest speakers, student presentations, a plaque dedication and a tour.


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