Pancakes and turkeys at Bentley School, town celebrates community spirit

By June Norvila

The annual Bentley School pancake breakfast was hosted by school staff on the morning of September 18. It was followed by the annual Turkey Trot run from the school to Camp L.G. Barnes this year with all grades participating. Almost 250 people from the community were served at the breakfast and funds raised amounted to over $680.

After students completed their walk/run to Camp L.G. Barnes (previously known as Camp Silversides), a noon lunch was provided by the Bentley Parent Advisory Council. Younger students enjoyed sack races before being bussed back to the school. Grades 4-12 walked back after their cross-country runs.

Winners of the two km run for Grades 3-6 were Gr. 3 Nathan Swartz, Gr. 4’s Kaitlan Swartz and Cole Serediak, Gr. 5’s Ian Lush and Rebecca Forrester, and Gr. 6’s Jayde Rehbein and Thomas Mueller.

The jr./sr. high students completed a three and one-third km run.

Turkey winners included Erin Seater for jr. high girls, Andy Boettger for jr. high boys, Nevada Snow for sr. high girls and Colin Sanders for sr. high boys.

Back in the school gymnasium a turkey bowl took place. Some of the winners were Reese Millar from Gr. 1, Olivia Jasonson from Gr. 2, Journey Giesbrecht from Gr. 4, Hayley Lush from Gr. 9 and Shenelle McPhee from Gr. 10.

It was a long, fun, hot day for staff and students alike.

Funds raised will be used for development of awards for monthly assemblies and for student activities focusing on the new school motto, ‘Panther PRIDE’.

Bentley celebrates community spirit

An estimated 250 people attended the 4th annual Bentley Community Celebration on September 20 at the Blindman Valley Ag Centre.

The event was started to promote community spirit and to recognize the volunteer spirit of those in and around the town of Bentley, and as a way for the town to say thanks to all those people who keep volunteerism, and the town and area, alive and growing.

Invited dignitaries included MLA Ty Lund and Lacombe county councilors Keith Stephenson and Ken Wigmore.

The town has hosted the free meal for the past four years. All of town council and many of the town staff were in attendance and working the event in one capacity or another.

While people enjoyed beef and beans and buns, cold slaw and pickles, and cake and ice cream, a Power Point presentation accompanied by special music was shown. It depicted various locations, organizations and events that take place within the town, in turn acknowledging projects and those who help make them come true.

There were also door prize draws thanks to many donors.

After the meal many people gathered outside in the adjoining playground for a special tribute.