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Students celebrate school closing

Former teachers and administrators return to say farewell

It is a chance to say goodbye.

As the school year winds down, Grief Point Elementary School teachers and staff are calling all former students and teachers to come back and bid their old school farewell. In September students will attend brand new Westview Elementary School.

“It’s a sort of open house for the school closing,” said event organizer and grade six teacher Lisa Lewis.

The farewell will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 13, with “a beautiful cake.”

The school choir has been practicing the old school song and almost all of the school’s previous principals will attend. Lewis met with former teachers to come up with a list of retired teachers who still reside in Powell River. They have all been invited as well.

At 7 pm there will be a small ceremony when all the previous principals will address the audience and tell their stories of what they remember about their time at the school.

Current principal Jamie Burt and members of Powell River Board of Education will also speak.

Lewis organized student poster and story displays drawing on the students’ fondest memories to “be around the school for everyone to take a look at.”

Decade tables will also be set up to include pictures and memorabilia from each of the school’s decades from the 1950s all the way to the present. Lewis’s son attended the school in the 1990s so she has things that she will contribute.

“There will be a 60s and a 70s table,” she said. “If there’s anyone out there who has anything they’d like to display, we’d be happy and of course we’d get it back to them.” School team jerseys, old photographs and artwork will be displayed.

“The response has been pretty positive,” she said. “People are excited about coming to see the old school.”

If any former students wish to contribute memorabilia they can contact Lewis at lisa.lewis@sd47.bc.ca.