Not just stu­dents los­ing a school in Whit­bourne

The Compass - - Editorial - Lorna Vokey is record­ing sec­re­tary for Black­all #1078 L.O.B.A.

I am writ­ing to you today on be­half of the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of Black­all #1078 of the Ladies Orange Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion (LOBA).

We are one of sev­eral groups who de­pend on the use of our school build­ing here in Whit­bourne. We are a non-profit group of women who hold reg­u­lar meet­ings ev­ery month. We help out mem­bers and other groups in our com­mu­nity and the sur­round­ing area. This can be any­thing rang­ing from help­ing some­one who is sick to do­nat­ing money to var­i­ous groups to help­ing with dif­fer­ent events, in­clud­ing ones at our school.

We do not have a build­ing of our own so we have been us­ing a room at Whit­bourne Ele­men­tary to hold our meet­ings.

Since we are a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion we hold sev­eral fundrais­ers through­out the year to help raise funds to keep do­ing the won­der­ful work we do. We have a mini bingo dur­ing Easter break; a Mem­ory Tree of Reflection in De­cem­ber hon­our­ing loved ones no longer with us; a break­fast with Santa for fam­i­lies from Whit­bourne and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

All these events not only bring in money, they help bring the com­mu­nity to­gether. We would not be able to do any of these things if we did not have the school as a place to host them.

As I said pre­vi­ously, we help out wher­ever we can. In the past we have pro­vided gas money to cancer pa­tients to help al­le­vi­ate their cost of travel to and from town for treat­ments. We have do­nated money to fam­i­lies to help af­ter los­ing a loved one. We do­nate to our lo­cal com­mu­nity groups to help with var­i­ous events such as the Re­gatta or Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tions. Ev­ery year we do­nate to our lo­cal fire depart­ment and to the Whit­bourne Ele­men­tary School Break­fast Pro­gram.

With­out the use of the school build­ing, we would not have the means to con­tinue to help those in need as well as the groups in our town. This would be a dev­as­tat­ing loss to those who know they can turn to us for help.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to those who need it, we also vol­un­teer our time. Each year, on Re­mem­brance Day, we cook and serve a meal to our vet­er­ans and cadet corps in our school gym. We par­tic­i­pate in the July 1 cer­e­monies. We visit those who are sick at home or in hospi­tal.

If we did not have a place to come to­gether to hold our meet­ings, we would cease to ex­ist. All the tremen­dous work we do would be no more. What a loss that would be.

Whit­bourne Ele­men­tary is a vi­able school in the cen­tre of a grow­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity. All ser­vices are avail­able at your fin­ger­tips here. The town of Whit­bourne is proven to be the place of choice for any­one con­sid­er­ing mov­ing out­side the city.

Whit­bourne Ele­men­tary is not just im­por­tant to the stu­dents and staff that at­tend daily. It is just as im­por­tant to the many groups that use the build­ing. The school is the hub of our com­mu­nity. We are not for­tu­nate enough, like the larger cities, to have a town com­mu­nity cen­tre or build­ings with space to spare.

Please do not tear the heart out of our com­mu­nity by clos­ing our school. It would be a dev­as­tat­ing loss to our stu­dents and res­i­dents.

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