Major Pratt School’s largest and only school-wide fundraiser is the Beef and Barley King and Queen competition. It runs from the first day of school in September until the Friday before Thanksgiving culminating in the Beef and Barley Pageant. Throughout this time, the high school population is divided into 6 areas: Russell South, Russell North, Inglis, Binscarth, Waywayseecappo, and Russell Rural.

Students from each group choose a King and Queen to represent their area and begin fundraising by selling tickets for cash prizes provided by student council as well as other unique fundraisers that have included pancake breakfasts, movie nights, beauty days, car detailing, silent auctions, bingo nights, paint nights, etc. The winning group is the area that brings in the most money. The King and Queen are crowned at the Beef and Barley Pageant and fulfill various duties for the town during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Money raised through Beef and Barley is equally divided between extra-curricular and academic initiatives. These include: class field trips, choir, offsetting the cost of the yearbook, a grad bursary, subsidizing students involved in Encounters with Canada, grad, grad bursaries, school sports, and student council activities including birthday assemblies, gym blasts, multi-media presentations, guest speakers, artists in the school, spirit weeks, etc.

This year’s 2019-20 Beef and Barley was a tremendous success with students raising $32, 606.21!

The 2019-2020 Beef and Barley King and Queen, Brayden Lavallee and Tessa Havelange, represented Russell North and raised $8,594.20. Following in 2nd Place was Inglis who raised $6,022.30 and in 3rd Place was Waywayseecappo who raised $5,056.75.