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April 01, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror



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    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    The term milk money is one thats become lost in translation over the years; does it still mean the leftover change from that school cafeteria burger, or, perhaps, the change that appointed bullies drain from their victims while holding them upside-down at lunchtime.

    Either way, its not what you think it is in Sooke; in fact, its called the Milk Money Program, run by a conglomerate of parents (called the Parent Advisory Council, or PAC) in partnership with the local Village Food Markets.

    How it works? When a milk purchase is made, 15 cents from a Dairlyland 2 L bottle and 20 cents from every Dairyland 4 L bot-tle is donated to the program.

    In turn, this pile of cash is then compiled and donated a local school of your choice. Then, in partnership with the schools, PAC figures out where the funds are used.

    But the pile of cash is fading. After run-ning the numbers, Carey Radsma, office manager at Village Food Markets, says the total for this year is about exactly half of what they gave out last time - nearly $2,400 in 2014, compared to $1,203 in 2015.

    What runs the milk money program are the people who buy milk here. If people are buying milk someplace else, it hurts the success of the program, she said. Were just not getting the numbers we used to.

    Introduced in 2010, the milk program has filtered a total of $29,829 into school funds. At Saseenos, a baby salmon incubation tank was put in last year for grade 2 and 3 classes, with a new compressor this year.

    At Journey, a new playground is underway, with several other field trips and fun school programs.

    This year, Saseeons gets $123, Poirier $162, Edward Milne $215, John Muir $202, Sooke Elementary $254, Journey $129, and Port Renfrew $118. The numbers are run every six months. Radsma says those num-bers could improve in the coming months if more parents knew more about it.

    It would be nice to see the schools try and get the membership out, do an announcement, send out a newsletter, mak-ing sure if youre with Village Food Market and youre buying milk that youre signed up for the program, she said.

    She also pointed out that if your child moves to another school, you can still sign up for the program and just simply transfer the funds to the new school.

    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

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    Editorial Page 9

    Arts Pages 13, 14, 23

    Sports/stats Page 32

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    Classifieds 27 75

    Jack Most Photo

    She shoots!

    She Scores!

    Sookes U16 Girls Silver Wildcats duking it out versus Saanich Fusion on Saturdays epic Soccer District Cup Finals at Fred Milne soccer fields. Sookes U16 and U14 girls took home the gold, while silver went to U13, U14, U16 boys and U17 girls.

    Check out Page 33 to read more about the District Cup action.

    Milk money school program down on funds

    Octavian Lacatusu Photo

    Grade 2 and 3 teacher Chantelle George stands beside the salmon tank and its milk-money-funded new compressor at the Saseenos Elementary school.


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  • 2 Wednesday, april 1, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR


    This and ThaT

    CRD Clean Air Bylaw taking effect April 1A new bylaw will be

    implemented on April 1 that makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free.

    It also extends the smoke-free buffer zone outside of doorways, windows and air intakes from threemetres to a total distance of seven metres.

    Regional and Com-munity Parks are included but Provin-cial and Federal Parks are not included. Beaches below the high tide mark are not subject to the bylaw and the restriction is for tobacco and does not include e-cigarettes or marijuana.

    Travellers, surfers and campers will still

    be able to partake in smoking various substances around the campfire outside of CRD Parks and on the wind swept beaches of the Juan de Fuca, Sooke and Port Renfrew.

    CRD says the pur-pose of the bylaw is to raise awarenss about the risks of second-hand smoke.

    Finally!The shovel hit the ground recently at the upcoming RBC branch on sooke Road.

    Octavian Lacatusu Photo

    Edward Milne Com-munity School (EMCS) students in gradesnine through to 12 can dem-onstrate their writing talent again this year in the annual Sooke Writ-ers Collective contest on Wednesday, April 8. The contest starts at 11:10 a.m. and it includes a block of time that extends into the lunch hour.

    EMCS English teacher Mrs. Zanardo will run the contest at the school on around lunch time.

    There are two cat-egories junior and senior - with a first and second prize for fiction in each category and an overall first prize for poetry. Winning entries will be published in a print anthology created by the Sooke Writers Collective in May.

    This will be our sec-ond anthology, said Deb Clay, SWC mem-ber, We are continuing the tradition started by Shirley Skidmore, Peter Lee and the Sooke

    Scribblers. Each year they hosted a writing contest with EMCS and now we have added to the event by including the student writing in our print anthology.

    The student submis-sions have been a lively and fresh addition to the anthology, Clay added. Whether its poetry, a short story or other form, the quality stands up to submis-sionsfrom writers with many more years of experience.

    Students are given a selection of prompts compiled by SWC mem-bers to help inspire the writing they will complete within the short time frame of roughly75 minutes.

    The second anthol-ogy of the Sooke Writ-ers Collective will be published later in the spring and available at several local stores and outdoor markets such as the Sooke Night Mar-ket. For more informa-tion, visit:

    Eighth Annual Writing Contest for EMCS Students

    The Vancouver Island Regional Library has approved the District of Sooke with a Request For Proposal (RFP) regarding the new library.

    This will be an opportunity for local individual property owners and developers to bid on a proj-ect in their community.

    More info to come in the coming weeks!

    New library revised

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