School District 27 has received $10,943 from the BC Liquor Store’s Support Dry Grad campaign to support alcohol-free high school graduation celebrations in their communities.
A total of $540,692 has been donated by BC Liquor Store customers to support high schools across B.C. that are planning alcohol-free graduation events.
The campaign is part of the Liquor Distribution Branch’s corporate social responsibility program to promote the responsible use of alcohol beverages — a program that includes the prevention of underage drinking and promotion of zero consumption for minors.
These funds will help local high school Dry Grad committees plan alcohol-free graduation events and activities such as boat cruises, ski trips and dances.
The contributions by liquor store customers supplement funds raised by parents, students and teachers who volunteer year-round to raise funds for dry grads.
“I’m so proud of the kids for making it this far,” says Cariboo-Chilcton MLA Donna Barnett in a news release. “It’s a really special time in their lives but it’s still really important to be careful and safe. These funds will allow them to have exciting, memorable celebrations that are responsible as well.”
From February 25 to March 31, BC Liquor Store customers throughout the province were asked if they would like to support dry grad celebrations in their communities by donating one dollar.
This year, 55 school districts participated in the campaign. All donations collected are distributed to high schools hosting dry grad events.
The Fort Street Signature Store in Victoria raised the highest amount this year, with a total of $12,509, followed by the Fort St. John store with $12,290 and the Westshore Signature Store in Langford, which raised $12,168.
Since the Liquor Distribution Branch’s first annual Support Dry Grad campaign in 2001, more than $4.4 million has been donated by government liquor store customers for alcohol-free high school graduation events in communities across British Columbia.
Customers were given chocolates in recognition of their donation to the Dry Grad Campaign.