There was excitement in the air at Albion Elementary on Wednesday morning.
All of the staff and students were outside, standing in front of the school. They held up signs with supportive messages, including, “Thank you for helping our community,” “Don’t give up,” and “Keep going.”
For the first time ever, the school was one of the stops on the Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast route.
The annual bicycle ride taken on by first responders spans eight days and 800 kilometres across the province’s coast, raising money for childhood cancer research.
“We have a parent who is part of the team,” explained Tanya Dailey, Albion’s principal. “Brooke Brooks approached us and it sounded like a good way to not only build school community, but also support a good cause.”
When the cyclists rolled into the school parking lot, the students began cheering. The riders parked their bikes, thanked the students for their support and handed out police sticker badges, before taking off to continue their journey.
“It was truly amazing!” Dailey said. “The kids were excited. They really enjoyed the stickers and getting high-fives from the officers and riders. They got to see and interact with the police in positive way.”
The school community raised $638 for Tour de Coast 2023.
A photo gallery of the event is below.