Palliser students, staff support fire relief efforts

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Picture Butte High School students held a car wash to raise money for fire relief.

Students, staff and families across Palliser Regional Schools are joining legions of others in rallying to support the residents of Fort McMurray and area following the devastating wildfire and mass evacuation.

With the fire raging May 5th, students and staff at Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab campus held special prayers for families affected by the fire, including Salatul Istisqa, a prayer for rain.

At Picture Butte High School, 21 students participated in a 30 Hour Famine. During their fasting, students held a car wash and bottle drive raising $707 for Fort McMurray disaster relief. The school is challenging other Palliser high schools to follow suit.

At Dorothy Dalgliesh School in Picture Butte Wednesday, May 11, students heard first-hand about the fire from Fort McMurray firefighter Nathan Gilchrist. Gilchrist had attended the school as a child. His nephew Gavin attends the school. Gilchrist was in Picture Butte visiting family while on a two-day leave from firefighting duty.

Donations to the Canadian Red Cross fire relief fund are being accepted at Dorothy Dalgliesh until the end of this week.

Noble Central School partnered with Nieboer Farm Supplies to collect donations destined for people evacuated from Fort McMurray, including bottled water and other non-perishables. The school is also accepting cash donations to the effort.