School District 73 has received $12,037 from the BC Liquor Store’s Support Dry Grad campaign to support alcohol-free high school graduation celebrations in their communities.
Just over 22 per cent ($2,695) of that amount, was raised by the liquor store in Barriere; with all of the $2,695 raised now going towards Barriere Secondary’s dry grad celebrations.
A total of $540,692 was donated from Feb. 25 to Mar. 31, by BC Liquor Store customers throughout the province who were asked if they would like to support dry grad celebrations in their communities by donating one dollar. The funds raised help schools across B.C. to host alcohol-free graduation events and activities such as boat cruises, ski trips and dances.
The campaign is part of the LDB’s corporate social responsibility program to promote the responsible use of beverage alcohol – a program that includes the prevention of underage drinking and promotion of zero consumption for minors.
The contributions by liquor store customers supplement funds raised by parents, students and teachers who volunteer year-round to raise funds for dry grads.
This year, 55 school districts participated in the campaign. One hundred per cent of the donations collected are distributed to high schools hosting dry grad events.
Since the Liquor Distribution Branch’s (LDB’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.