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OPP teams up with local schools to raise money for United Way

By Kyle Lincez, The Northern Times

The players for Team OPP and Team KDHS/Echo pose for a photo following the game's finish.

The players for Team OPP and Team KDHS/Echo pose for a photo following the game's finish.

KAPUSKASING – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) challenged students from Cité des Jeunes, the Kapuskasing District High School (KDHS) and Echo du Nord on Dec.4 to games of volleyball in order to raise funds for United Way.


“We've decided to organize charity volleyball games with the local high schools,” said Cst. Stephanie Belec. “We held a game against Cité in the morning, and against KDHS and Echo in the afternoon.”


During the games students could donate money in order to come watch.


Cst. Belec said that this was her first time playing in a charity game in Kapuskasing.


“I know we've done some fundraising for United Way in previous years, but this is my first time playing for a fundraiser.”


She said that everything went well with a great turnout.


“We had alot of spectators, a lot of fans come out to cheer everyone on, it was really good competition and at the end of the day it's all for a good cause,” she said. “I think that it is nice for us to be working with our local youth to be able to do some fundraising like this to support our community and those in need.”


Jim Johnson, a teacher at KDHS, said that organizing everything for the afternoon event was a solid group effort between Echo and KDHS.


“Lots of hard work went into it, especially on behalf of the students,” he said. “The two student councils worked together to raise money and promote the game, and as you can see we had an excellent turnout today and managed to raise a good amount of money for United Way, $450 in total.”
 



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