Gala Gets Boost from Adult Special Education Students
Organizers of the Selkirk College Gala 2013 are now hard at work putting the annual fundraising evening together. Students in the Adult Special Education (ASE) program at four different campuses have hit the streets looking to raise funds for their program and build skills in the process.
The Selkirk College Gala 2013 is slated for November 23 and this year the task of putting together the amazing auction table has been handed to the ASE students. Classes from Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks have hit the ground running with their mission to raise funds for the college and their specific programs.
“We love large, inclusive projects for our students,” says Nelson ASE instructor Ray Brock. “Projects that teach students about taking responsibility, having a higher profile, taking charge of their own life and achieving their goals. It’s about empowering the women and men in this program to be active and contributing members of this community.”
The ASE program is for adults with disabilities and barriers to learning. Personal and social development underlies all aspects of the program. Goals for learning are developed specific to each student’s needs.
Each year the annual Selkirk College Gala provides an opportunity for one of the college’s programs to use the auction portion of the evening as a fundraiser. In 2012 the Gala auction raised $10,000 for the benefit of the International Department.
The annual Gala takes place at Nelson’s Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus. It includes a five-course meal prepared by the Professional Cook Training Program and served by Hotel & Restaurant Management students. Entertainment for the evening is provided by Selkirk’s Music & Technology Program students. The formal evening is an important fundraiser for Selkirk College and a highlight of the region’s social calendar.
ASE students in all four communities have embraced the challenge of approaching businesses and individuals for donations of auction items.
Once the final totals are in after the Gala evening, the ASE program will receive the bulk of the funds raised. Students have two targets for the monies raised: creating an Adult Special Education scholarship and hosting a regional Adult Special Education Student Conference.