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First grad class from Lax Kw’alaams fundraising for trip of a lifetime
The 2017 grad class: (l-r) Cayden White, Kelli Dudoward, Sabrina Sutherland, Taiah Alexcee, Angel Abrahams, Pamela Auckland, Brian Johnson Jr., Steve Reece, Nikita Wesley. (Credit: Cara Barak)

First grad class from Lax Kw’alaams fundraising for trip of a lifetime

The first ever grade 12 graduation class from Lax Kw’alaams is hoping to take a trip across Canada.

The students from the Coast Tsimshian Academy will be the first to graduate high school without having to leave their community.

In celebration, they’re hoping to take a trip to out east in May or June.

Teacher Cora Barak says students are now fundraising for their trip of a lifetime.

Anton Tolstoy, who also teaches at the school, says it’s significant for the students to be able to stay in their community throughout their schooling.

He says it means they get more support and help, which leads better outcomes and higher graduation rates.

Tolstoy says for the student who are coming from a community of only several hundred people, a trip like this is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

The students are also hoping to meet the prime minister when they visit Ottawa and bring awareness to Aboriginal sports programs, which many of the students participate in.

A link to their fundraising site can be found here.

They’re also holding a loonie-toonie auction on March 10th if people want to donate items.

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