Vernon Secondary School Grade 12 students Searra Becker (from left)

Vernon Secondary School Grade 12 students Searra Becker (from left)

Empty bottles round up funds for Vernon school’s grad events

There was no emptiness at the Vernon Rona parking lot

There was no emptiness at the Vernon Rona parking lot.

Many North Okanagan residents stopped by and dropped off bottles and cans Jan. 5 to help raise funds in the first Great Empty Round Up, which supports Super Grad festivities at Vernon’s four secondary schools – Seaton, Fulton, Kalamalka and Vernon.

“It was perfect and a lot of people were excited to be a part of it,” said organizer David Hesketh.

Final numbers were still being added up Tuesday, but Hesketh is confident the Great Empty Round Up raised approximately $2,000, which will be split between the schools.

“That’s awesome for a first-time event,” said Hesketh.

Residents were asked to drop off their empties at a specially marked tent during a four-hour period Sunday at Rona. There, about 35 volunteer students and parents from the schools sorted the returns.

Each person who dropped off their empties was given a ticket to vote for one of the schools and give that school a chance to win a new barbecue from Rona.

Fulton edged out Vernon Secondary by one vote.

“Fulton can now use the barbecue or raffle it off to raise funds,” said Hesketh.

The event included a bonfire, hot dogs, marshmallows, popcorn and hot chocolate.

Event sponsors included Rona, Signs By Elephant, Chasers Bottle Depot, Kiss-FM, Tim Hortons and The Morning Star.