Stonepark remembers former teachers

Jason Malloy
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Stonepark Intermediate School will be holding an event Saturday to raise funds for Kidsport P.E.I. There will be a staff/student ringette game, a hockey game and a figure skating performance at 7 p.m. at the MacLauchlan Arena. From left are: Madi Fisher, Grade 7 student; Alex McMonagle, Grade 7 student; Barrington Duffy, Grade 9 student; teacher Dave Shellington; principal Norman Beck.

Stonepark Intermediate School students and staff will be having fun Saturday while raising funds for a good cause in the name of two of the school's former teachers.

Jerry Campbell and Kevin Campbell died during the past two years. Their importance to the students was evident when it came time to decide what to do with the proceeds of the annual Stonepark Gives Back campaign. The students decided to donate the funds to Kidsport P.E.I. in the names of their former teachers.

"It speaks to the fact these people resonated with kids," Stonepark principal Norman Beck said.

Jerry was a well-respected teacher at Stonepark, where he taught for 35 years, and an accomplished baseball, football and racquetball player.

"He was good at anything he did, one of those naturally gifted athletes," Beck said.

Kevin taught physical education for nine years at the school and coached a number of sports teams, including volleyball and flag football.

"Kevin was very instrumental in running our phys ed program here at the school," Beck said.

The school will be hosting staff versus student ringette and hockey games and a figure skating performance Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena. Admission is a freewill donation, which goes towards the Stonepark Gives Back campaign for Kidsport.

The Grade 7 to 9 school of about 780 students has been raising money through a variety of events, including bake sales, sport jersey and pajama day, a spring concert as well as floor hockey and dodgeball tournaments.

The school tries to raise $8,000 in 80 days annually for a charity.

They have raised close to $35,000 in the five previous years.

"The genesis of this was actually the Haiti disaster relief," said Beck, referring to the 2010 earthquake. "The school really felt a desire to get behind it. . . We thought that was such a successful (fundraising) event, we figured lets keep going and lets keep doing it (while) emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community, empathy and kindness to others."

While Saturday's evening is all about fun, Beck said, there is bragging rights on the line when the puck is dropped.

"Oh, we always keep score," he said with a laugh. "We're all proud athletes. The competitive juices never stop."

Beck said he believes his two former colleagues will be smiling down on them on Saturday night.

"I think knowing how both of them were so passionate about what they did, they'd be pretty proud."

Organizations: Stonepark Intermediate School

Geographic location: Haiti

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