GO RAIDERS GO! CCVS Italian Night serves up school spirit

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - A CCVS fundraiser with a taste of Italy returned, after being on hiatus for nearly a decade on Friday.

From back left are Tammie Grant, Trish Brown, Grade 12 student Nikalos Cooper, Grade 9 student Ashlea Laszewski, school chef John Ciampaglia. In front from left are Grade 9 student Destiny Perkins, Grade 10 Karolina Bramwell, and co-op student Collin MacIsaac.

For the first time since 2005, the Cornwall high school hosted Italian Night.

Students helped prepare and serve meals to 325 hungry visitors. On the menu: a healthy-serving of fettucine, penne, spaghetti, salads, and desserts. Many in attandance were former teachers, principals and alumni.

The event, which also featured a silent auction, raised over $5,000.

"We were hoping to raise a fair amount of money for a new stage curtain and bursaries," said Tammie Grant, CCVS Parent Teacher Council chair. "The council felt it was important to help the school by bringing back this fundraiser."

Principal Trish Brown said council's decision to revive the fundraising event was a great choice since CCVS is a school of tradition with 208 years of history.

"We're trying to raise funds for our students, but that wasn't our only goal," said Brown. "We wanted to create some fun, a family culture at the school, and enjoy a tour of Italy dinner with the community."

Students Karolina Bramwell, Grade 10, and Destiny Perkins, Grade 9, were more than glad to volunteer as waitresses.

"It was an amazing feeling to work with the community," said Bramwell. "We had to move fast, so it also provided a real look into the working world."

CCVS has 875 students in Grades 7 to 12.

"Once you're a Raider, you're always a Raider," said Grant.

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