Jenessa McKay and Taryn DeJong display their swags made at a community gathering Sunday in Lumby.  The swags will be used to decorate the village.

Jenessa McKay and Taryn DeJong display their swags made at a community gathering Sunday in Lumby. The swags will be used to decorate the village.

Lumby unites for students

Students, parents and residents gathered to help J.W. Inglis Elementary School make 80 holiday cedar swags

There was a festive spirit in Lumby Sunday.

Students, parents and residents gathered to help J.W. Inglis Elementary School make 80 holiday cedar swags, which will decorate the village.

“The turnout was beyond our expectations, with more than 40 families attending and many of them having so much fun, they made more than one swag,” said Christine Lishman, with the parent advisory committee.

Among those exhibiting their creativity were Mayor Kevin Acton, MLA Eric Foster, the RCMP and Vernon School District representatives.

“There’s something new to the swags this year,” said Lishman.

“In recognition of each person’s or family’s contribution, they were able to attach a name tag, proudly displaying their name for all to see their dedication to the school and the community.”

As a result of the swags project, the village donated $2,000 to the school to purchase new home reading books.

The books also promote Learn to Read with the RCMP, which is organized by Const. Gary McLaughlin.

The program helps promote literacy by encouraging students to read each night. If they reach the goal of 250 evenings of reading, they receive a ride to school in a police cruiser.

Last year, 143 students participated and nine students received a ride to school.

“We would also like to send out a huge thank you to Kineshanko Logging and Gudeit Bros. Contracting, who graciously collected and delivered all of the cedar boughs needed to make the holiday swags,” said Lishman.