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‘Big brick’ Armstrong Elementary School turns 100-years-old – Okanagan

‘Big brick’ Armstrong Elementary School turns 100-years-old – Okanagan
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‘Big brick’ Armstrong Elementary School turns 100-years-old – Okanagan

‘Huge brick’ Armstrong Elementary School turns 100-years-old – Okanagan

The massive, brick Armstrong Elementary School has had college students operating by way of the halls for 100 years and to rejoice, tons of of individuals had a celebration within the schoolyard.

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“The imaginative and prescient our forefathers had 100 years in the past to construct a constructing like that is unbelievable we’re so completely satisfied to have it,” mentioned Chris Pieper, mayor of Armstrong.

“There’s an individual right here at present who went to high school right here within the Nineteen Thirties and they’re right here at present celebrating and that’s what it’s all about.”

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The varsity opened on September 8, 1921. It had a boys’ entrance and a women’ entrance and 10 lecture rooms. Over 100 years later college students nonetheless attend courses there.

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The milestone was honoured with a drum circle, a maypole dance and speeches. Historians say the varsity was groundbreaking for its time.

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“This was the primary faculty bus system in British Columbia and this was the primary consolidated faculty in British Columbia,” mentioned Jessie Ann Gamble, Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society.

“The mayor on the time and likewise the chair of the varsity board was Jim Wright and he had this imaginative and prescient of closing down all of the little rural colleges and bringing the kids into city so they may have a broader schooling.”

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The occasion celebrated the deep roots of Armstrong and likewise served as an opportunity for previous college students and academics to reunite.

The hope is that Armstrong Elementary School will stand for one more 100 years, accomodating the kids of Spallumcheen and Armstrong.

 


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