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Bobcats ensure students have tools for school

By August 11, 2022No Comments
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‘It’s one of those things where every little bit can actually make a tangible difference in somebody’s life.’

Those were the words of Pea Brockhoff, office manager at Wayside Dental Centre, when talking about a new partnership between Wayside, Ulmer Chevrolet and the Lloydminster Junior A Bobcats.

With back-to-school just around the corner and the community playing such an important part in their organization, the Bobcats have teamed up with the local businesses to ensure students have the tools they need once they’re back in the classroom.

“Tools for School is a community initiative for us to partner up with some great businesses in town and try to collect as many school items as we can to help out those students and families that might not be able to go out and purchase them themselves for the upcoming school year,” said Bobcats head coach and general manager, Nigel Dube.

“This isn’t something we’ve done in the past in the summer, but we’re always looking to find ways to give back and this is something we thought would be very fitting and it’s something we’ll continue to do moving forward.”

The Bobcats are asking for donations in the form of pencils, pencil crayons, markers, scissors, glue, rulers, paper, coil notebooks, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, water bottles, lunch kits and paperback.

“Nigel reached out to us and said this was something they were thinking of doing for the community, for kids who don’t have access to school supplies,” said Brockhoff. 

“I thought this would be something that would be wonderful for Wayside Dental to be a part of because we are such huge supporters of the community, and especially kids in our community.

“We are proud to be supporters of the Lloydminster Bobcats as they and Wayside are very like-minded when it comes to community involvement.” 

Tyler Zacharias, general manager at Ulmer Chevrolet, was also more than pleased to get the team at Ulmer involved.

“Ulmer Chevrolet Cadillac is always looking for ways to give back to the community. So when we heard the Bobcats were doing a school supply drive, we were more than excited to get involved and help give some kids the start to the school year that every kid deserves.”

School supplies can be dropped off at Ulmer Chev, Wayside Dental and the Lloydminster Bobcats office, 7024 56 St., during regular business hours from Aug. 15 to 29. 

“Once we’ve collected the items we’ll reach out to our contacts within the Lloydminster public and Lloydminster Catholic School Division and we’re going to make sure those items stay within our community of Lloydminster and disperse them that way,” said Dube.