For the past three years, students and staff at Ridgeview Middle School in Oromocto have been raising funds for the IWK Hospital in Halifax in memory of Kaitlyn Tozer, a Grade 7 student who lost her battle with cancer in 2015 at the age of 13.
This year, the school raised $2,350 for the IWK and as a result Principal Wendy Dickinson had to fulfill a promise.
"Kaitlyn loved Disney princesses and all things pink so I promised to dress up if they raised over $2,000," Wendy Dickinson said. "I lost the bet so the Princess Principal appeared. This fundraiser coincided with our annual Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by the Parent School Support Committee (PSSC)."
The 2018 fundraising campaign began in the first week of April and included ticket sales on a Spring into Summer basket, Easter egg guess, pizza sales, a barbecue and casual day on April 20.
Ridgeview Middle School has raised thousands in Kaitlyn's memory since 2015. In 2016, the school won the "Big Fish Award" at the annual IWK telethon, receiving a $1,000 prize for the highest amount raised. Shown in the photo below are (Princess) Principal Wendy Dickinson with Vice-Principal Angela Thomson, honorary lady-in-waiting and leader of the fundraising effort.