Fernie Secondary students auctioned off desserts during their annual fundraiser last Wednesday night.

Fernie Secondary students auctioned off desserts during their annual fundraiser last Wednesday night.

Fernie Secondary School fundraiser for exchange program

Fernie high school students needed to raise $11,000 as part of their annual exchange program with students from Montreal.

Fernie Secondary students hosted their annual fundraiser last Wednesday night to raise money for their Montreal exchange program.

Students walked amongst tables of families, serving parents a dinner of salad and spaghetti as well as a round of dessert.

Later on, the evening was bolstered by a spirited desserts auction with parents bidding on various homemade treats.

Montreal students will be arriving on February 15 and will be treated to a tour of Fernie.

“We’re trying to raise about $11,000. We pay for all the activities the Montreal students will experience,” said teacher Roxane Esch.

Introducing the students to Fernie through a treasure hunt on their first day, Montreal exchange students will have the opportunity to visit all of the city’s heritage sites. Following that will be a two-day stint on the ski hill and then a tour of Teck.

“Students from past exchanges are still friends on Facebook … They form friendships and bonds on this exchange. Sometimes, when they click, it’s for life, and they always stay in touch,” said Esch.

She added that the exchange program is about more than just a difference in language. It can often be an eye-opener for each hosting city, she said.

“I think the main goal is to introduce east and west connections. Not just language, but a whole new demographic to open these kids eyes,” said Esch.

Fernie students will take their turn in the exchange this coming May.