Watermelon race, hotdog sale converge at Wesmor

Matt Gardner
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Wesmor Community Public High School students experienced double the fun at the school’s second annual Great Watermelon Race on Thursday.

Besides the race itself, students also had the chance to enjoy hotdogs and salad for lunch as part of a fundraiser organized by the Prince Albert chapter of the Saskatchewan Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR).

“The torch run raises funds for special Olympics, and last year we (were) a host site to help them raise funds for their special Olympic program that they support,” community school co-ordinator Susan Stobbs said. “So this year we combined it with our Block 5 party so that we could do those two things together.”

The school year at Wesmor is divided into five blocks, with the annual spring party taking place approximately halfway through the fifth block.

Last year marked the inauguration of the Great Watermelon Race at the party, in which students volunteer to compete in teams of five.

“It’s run like a relay race, so each student has a leg of the race to run and they have to transport their watermelon without using their hands (or) their arms to get it to the relay station,” Stobbs said. “Then they trade off to the next leg and we do that through the course.”

Teams were eligible for two different honours -- fastest team and most creative team, with the latter being voted on by a three-member panel.

The fastest team at this year’s watermelon race consisted of students Adam Longjohn, Creeden Daniels, Dwight Witchekan, Brandy Lewis and Michael Mineau.

Meanwhile, the most creative team in transporting their watermelons included Todd Herman, Amelia Everett, Torianne Morin, Melanie McDonald and Darby Beatty.

Stobbs noted the increased student participation in the second watermelon race.

“From my perspective, we started last year and I think we had three teams run, and this year we had five teams run,” she said.

“So I think the students are really getting into the idea of the annual aspect of the event and how they can be part of it, and we had more students participate. So I think those kinds of activities that the students enjoy, they grow.”

This year we combined it with our Block 5 party so that we could do those two things together. Susan Stobbs

While the watermelon race exemplified pure fun, the hotdog sale afterwards combined tasty treats with contributing to a good cause.

Each spring, members of the Prince Albert district of the Saskatchewan LETR host hotdog sales at a dozen area schools, raising an average of $3,500 in total for the torch run.

Contributing agencies include the Prince Albert Police Service, the Ministry of the Environment, Pinegrove Correctional Centre, the RCMP, Parks Canada, the Ministry of Highways and the Saskatchewan Penitentiary, members of whom helped serve up hotdogs to the students on Thursday.

“We supply all the hotdogs and the buns for the schools and then we turn around and we collect $2 a hotdog for every student that has a hotdog … Today, for example, we raised $300 at Wesmor High School,” district chairperson and retired conservation officer Stephen Hug said.

Wesmor students on Thursday had their hotdogs paid for through a large-scale donation to the torch run courtesy of the school.

Hug noted that the local LETR chapter hosts numerous other fundraisers throughout the year in support of the Special Olympics Saskatchewan.

Over the course of last year, the Prince Albert chapter raised $35,000 for the cause.

“That all goes to Regina, where they can divide it up in amongst the province,” Hug said.

Aside from Wesmor, this week’s itinerary for the LETR hotdog sale included Red Wing School on Tuesday and W.J. Berezowsky School on Wednesday and then King George Community Public School on Friday.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Ministry of the Environment, RCMP Parks Canada Ministry of Highways Wesmor High School Special Olympics Saskatchewan Red Wing School W.J. Berezowsky School King George Community Public School

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Regina

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