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Richmond, B.C., high school students donate grad money to hospital

Students in the 2020 MacNeill Secondary grad class donated the money they raised  to Richmond Hospital.
Students in the 2020 MacNeill Secondary grad class donated the money they raised to Richmond Hospital. Global News

A Richmond, B.C., graduating class is donating the money they would have spent on a grad celebration to the hospital.

Students at A.R. MacNeill Secondary School held a grad fashion show back in November.

The money they raised was originally going to be used for a grad celebration, such as bringing down the price of their dinner/dance set to happen in June.

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Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling their grad dance, the students have donated the money to Richmond Hospital.

Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.
Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.
Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.
Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.
Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.
Students at the grad fashion show, November 2019.

Lauren Valiquette, a teacher at the school, says the students wanted to help front-line workers.

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“They understood that with the pandemic and with COVID-19, there could be members of the community that could be sick so they wanted to keep the money local.”

The students held a poll to decide where the money would go.

She says they donated $2,000.

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