The mayor and council voted to give $1,000 of grant-in-aid funding to the Be Seen, Be Safe Reflective Bracelet Campaign.
The campaign was started after the tragic death of 11-year-old Nolan Alexis on Highway 27 in November, and the goal is to raise at least $5,000 to $6,000 to provide every child in the Fort St. James area, including Tache, Binche and Yekooche with reflective bracelets to make them safer on the roads and highways in the area.
The project was an idea which came from discussions and ideas to prevent similar tragedies in Mrs. Madhok’s Grade 6 class at Sowchea Elementary (see the story from the Dec. 14 issue of The Courier).
So far, Mt. Milligan Mine has donated $1,000, Tl’azt’en Nation has also donated $1,000, Apollo has donated $100, Conifex has donated $300, Success By Six has made a commitment of funds and some private donations have also come in. The District’s $1,000 now brings the total a bit closer to their original fundraising goal. However, the class continues to expand on ideas to keep the community safe and are hoping to also purchase peel and stick reflective stickers for community members to put on anything from strollers to helmets to bikes or walkers.
The students met a road block at one point when the first bracelets they ordered turned out not to be the ones they had wanted, and with those sent back, the students are once again working towards their goal of a bracelet for every student in the area.
The class has now ordered 2,000 of the bracelets they like through Northland Automotive, who is giving the students the bracelets at cost to further their cause.
“It’s a great start, and the response from the community has been phenomenal,” said Principal Cam McCormick.
The Courier is also helping sponsor the project and will be covering it’s development.