Students at Clover Bar Junior High recently boarded the Hogwarts Express.
On Wednesday (May 2), the school hosted its second-annual Harry Potter Day to raise awareness and money for young literacy.
The event was organized by the Knights Roundtable Club, a student-led group aimed at developing skills in leadership, project management and community outreach.
The day featured games, treats and costumes, all centred around the Harry Potter book series.
“As a school, we’re always finding ways to build a reading culture, and it’s great to see these students carry on that initiative,” said Kandice Laurie, teacher at Clover Bar Junior High. “Originally the day was solely centred on dressing up and having fun activities, but the students wanted to find a way to add more meaning.”
Students spent the day in character and were assigned to one of four Hogwarts Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.
They then completed a series of activities aimed at raising money to purchase new books for the school’s library and the Young Alberta Book Society. Some of the activities included toonie donations, Harry Potter related games and a literacy-themed raffle basket.
“It was fun and everyone enjoyed all the games and costumes,” said Grade 8 student at Clover Bar Junior High Ana (last name withheld). “I think it served its purpose. We raised awareness around literacy and found a way to build relationships within the school."
$425 was raised on Harry Potter Day.
Throughout the year, the Knights Roundtable Club organizes close to 10 school events focused around community outreach.