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A positive start to school

Victoria Barker, 15, helps Taj Lorin, 6, collect some school supplies at the new Salvation Army location at 96 Avenue near 134 Street of the Salvation Army. Barker raised $525 this summer from a car wash and donated the money for school supplies.  - EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Victoria Barker, 15, helps Taj Lorin, 6, collect some school supplies at the new Salvation Army location at 96 Avenue near 134 Street of the Salvation Army. Barker raised $525 this summer from a car wash and donated the money for school supplies.
— image credit: EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Victoria Barker felt she had some extra time on her hands this summer – time she felt could be best used giving back to her community.

So on Aug. 27 she held a car wash in Cloverdale.

The 15-year-old Lord Tweedmuir Secondary student raised $525 which she donated to the Salvation Army for back-to-school supplies.

Reading through a long list of supplies needed by one little boy, Victoria quickly fills up a bag full of  paper, pens, erasers, glue stick among other things.

"I didn't have any plans this summer," said the shy, bespectacled teen, "so I felt I would try do do something positive."

On Friday, she spent the day handing out the various back-to-school essentials along with brand new backpacks to nearly 50 kids.

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