Avalon Adventist Junior Academy Grade 8-9 students will host an auction May 4 to raise funds for a  mission trip to New Mexico. From left are Nathel Lightheart

Avalon Adventist Junior Academy Grade 8-9 students will host an auction May 4 to raise funds for a mission trip to New Mexico. From left are Nathel Lightheart

Mission statement

The Grade 8-9 students of Avalon Adventist Junior Academy work towards New Mexico mission trip.

PORT HARDY—The Grade 8-9 students of Avalon Adventist Junior Academy desperately wanted to go to work on a mission trip.

So they got to work to make it happen.

The students and chaperones are preparing to depart this month for the La Vida Mission School, on the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico. To make the trip a reality, the students have completed four bottle drives, five wood cuts and a barbecue.

The school’s fundraising efforts culminate this Sunday with a lunch and auction, beginning at noon at the school, with everyone welcome to attend.

“I’m really proud of these kids; they’ve worked really hard for this,” said Clifford Wood, the school’s principal. “We’re taking a bus down to save money, rather than have everyone fly. It’s going to be a real mission trip; it’s not going to be a pleasure cruise.”

Wood estimated the group of nine students and five adults would need roughly $12,000. To that end, they have rounded up a substantial list of auction donations, including a chartered fishing trip, a kayak, First Nations art and much more.

Lunch, by donation, will be served beginning at noon. Participants may then view the items in the auction will begin at 1 p.m. For info, call Wood at 250-949-8243.