Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The annual Litter-a-thon is our way of caring for our community, our neighbours and our environment. We’ve been doing this since the early 1980s and we’re always delighted by how our community supports us in it. The litter-a-thon also allows our students to raise important funds for student activities.

A few things to know:

Charitable Tax Receipts

We will issue charitable tax receipts only for donations received online. Donations by cash or cheque will not be eligible for charitable tax receipts.

What if parents want to sponsor their own child(ren)

It’s fine for parents to sponsor their own children—but we cannot issue a charitable tax receipt when you sponsor your own child. Just give your child cheque or cash. They’ll record the donation in the normal way.

Please take note: DO NOT SUPPORT YOUR CHILD USING THE ONLINE PLATFORM. If we receive online donations from parents designated to their own children, we will re-direct those funds to another student or the general student fund. This is due to federal regulations about tax receipts (we can’t issue a receipt when the money is designated for your own child).

Avoid Reciprocal Donations: You sponsor my kid, I'll sponsor yours

We ask parents to avoid intentional reciprocal donations. A reciprocal donation arrangement is when two different families each agree to mutually sponsor one another’s children for the same amounts. (For example: John sponsors Bill’s child for $100, and Bill in return sponsors John’s child for $100). These arrangements can complicate charitable tax receipting and may be disqualified from charitable tax receipts under some circumstances. It’s best to avoid this. BVCS reserves the right to refuse to issue a charitable tax receipt in these circumstances.

Form Booklets


Sample Litter-a-thon Sponsor Form

Sample Litter-a-thon Sponsor Form. Click for enlarged copy.

We’ve created a serial-numbered, two-part carbonless form that will allow students to provide donors with a record of their pledge or donation.

Each student will be issued their own booklet. Donors who are sponsoring more than one student and who wish to receive a charitable tax receipt can keep their copies of these forms and make one online payment (below) to cover all their pledges. Donors who do not care to receive a charitable tax receipt can provide cash or cheque to each student individually.

Do not provide cash or cheque to a student who is not able to provide you with a copy of your donation slip from their booklet. If in doubt about the legitimacy of a donation/sponsorship request, please call our office at 250-847-4238.



Students in grades 8 through 12 use the Litter-a-thon to generate funds for school activities including class trips, sports fees, special outings and so much more.

Student Safety

It’s our priority.

We take student safety very seriously, and that’s why we’ve created our safety plan. You can view and download our safety plan using the button below.

In planning the Litter-a-thon, BVCS has been in discussions with the following:

  • Dawson Road Maintenance
  • The Town of Smithers
  • BC Ministry of Transportation

In order to enhance the safety of our students on the day of the Litter-a-thon, we will provide the local RCMP detachment with information about our event. We will also rely on local media (radio in particular) to communicate our presence to the travelling public.

IMPORTANT: Am I being charged a fee to donate?

The form below will default to asking for a contribution. You can set that to whatever you’d like (even zero). When you get to the bottom of the form, click on the suggested fee, select ‘OTHER’ and then enter whatever you’d like…even $0.

We use Zeffy to handle our online donations. The beauty of Zeffy is that every dollar you donate to BVCS goes to BVCS. But this isn’t “free” to Zeffy…that’s why they ask for a contribution. We believe it’s important to support Zeffy when you’re able…they are providing an excellent service to BVCS.

Sponsor Now

You can support one or more students with the donation form below. When you contribute with this online form you will receive a charitable tax receipt. You can use your credit card. Many debit cards will also work.

Do not use this form to donate to your own child(ren). Any donations made by parents to their own children will be re-directed.