Staff

Surrey school ‘elves’ hard at work

Fraser Heights Secondary makes and donates handcrafted rockers to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

The North Pole may be the hub of toy building this time of year, but there have also been elves hard at work at a Surrey high school.

For the tenth consecutive year, students, teachers, staff and community members at Fraser Heights Secondary have volunteered their time and skills to build wooden toys to donate to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

This year, the toy-making team built more than 40 rockers in the shapes of dinosaurs and seaplanes over a two-week period.

“It started small, but now the project is enormous,” says Shelagh Lim, a numeracy helping teacher for the Surrey School District.

Her husband Martin Lim heads up the industrial technology department at Fraser Heights. The Lims started the annual project a decade ago. They then “roped in” teacher Chris Mills and now they co-ordinate everything from design to delivery together.

It’s become a school tradition that those involved eagerly anticipate every year.

Local businesses such as Home Depot, General Paint, NorthCoast Building Products, Country Lumber, Cloverdale Paint, BC Fasteners and Tools, Raider Hansen, Benjamin Moore – Langley Decorating Centre and KMS Tools donate all the materials.

“All the magic happens over two weeks,” says Shelagh. “We began by building seaplanes but last year, Chris created the pattern for the dinosaurs so now we build both.”

The shapes are cut, sanded, prepped and painted by volunteers in the school’s woodworking shop, then delivered to the Surrey Christmas Bureau for distribution to families in need during the holidays.

At a time when most kids are more familiar with electronics than anything made of wood, Shelagh believes the rockers are a refreshing throwback to a simpler time. And they never need a new operating system or upgrade.

“It’s true, they don’t plug in,” Martin says. “But from what I’ve seen with the ones we’ve made for family and friends, the kids love them. They’re just fun to ride. All the long nights are worth it if we can help make a kid’s Christmas morning special.”

Shelagh says she helps with the project because she knows how important it is for parents to be able to have a special gift for a child.

“And if they can have one that will turn into a family heirloom, that’s even better.”

 

Just Posted

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Surrey

Investigators were asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward

PHOTOS: Terry Fox Run held in South Surrey

Annual event took place at South Surrey Athletic Park

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer makes stop in South Surrey

Scheer announces promise of new tax cut

5,000 ducks race at Surrey beach

‘Ducktona’ event raises funds for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 5

Developer looks to build 25-storey office tower by Surrey mall

Proposed for site of former Best Buy store

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Surrey

Investigators were asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Most Read