Students at a high school in Red Deer are hoping to raise awareness of mental health issues, and  $40,000 for a foundation named after an alumnus who committed suicide.

Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grade Service Project. For the past 13 years, students have raised almost $700,000 for student-chosen charities.

This year, students are completing a series of challenges March 8-12 to raise money for The Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation. Lindsey More graduated 10 years ago and took her own life in September 2015. She was 22. The foundation is committed to providing mental health supports and proactive, early intervention for youth in Red Deer.

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