The latter part of 2016 was a stressful time for supporters of Char-Lan District High School as they learned that the school was being considered for closure by the Upper Canada District School Board.
The community leapt into action. It organized rallies, delivered speeches, and attended school board meetings until the board realized what a terrible mistake it would be to shutter the beloved Williamstown institution.
On Saturday night, the community held a Saved Char-Lan celebration at St. Mary’s Hall in Williamstown. The focal point of the evening was watching six of the school’s ARC (Accommodation Review Com-mittee) members “graduate.” They even wore Char- Lan graduation gowns; just before entering the hall, one of them quipped that not one of the six was an actual Char-Lan graduate.
Speaking of Char-Lan graduates, Martintown resident Callie McLeod is getting ready to take part in her second Gutsy Walk, an annual event that benefits research into colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ms. McLeod, 26, was diagnosed with Crohn’s in July of 2012 and has since undergone seven surgeries and requires a two-and-a-half hour infusion session every six weeks. She takes two pills a day and her medication puts her at greater risk for skin and cervical cancer.
Nevertheless, she remains a trooper and is determined to go through with the walk, which takes place at the Ron KolbusLakeside Centre at Britannia Park in Ottawa on Sunday, June 4 at 10: 30 a. m. (Registration is at 8:30.)
Ms. McLeod’s goal is to be the top pledge earner for the run. When we spoke to her last week, she’d already raised $800 and would like to eclipse the $1,300 she raised last year.
In the meantime, Ms. McLeod is working as a supply early childhood educator for the Upper Canada District School Board. She just moved home after working for the OttawaCarleton District School Board.
Her goal is to land a job as a kindergarten teacher in or around Glengarry.
If you’d like to donate to her campaign, visit https:// crohnsandcolitiscanada.akaraisin.com /GutsyWalk2017/calliemcleod
It might be fair to say that the left-handed students attending an education day at the Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum in Williamstown on Friday did not enjoy their time there as much as their right-handed counterparts. The day was all about teaching Grade 7 students what life was like during the latter part of the 18th century. Students from Iona Academy and Char-Lan attended a number of teaching stations where they learned about military life, home cooking, and local history.
At one point, the students were ushered into the museum itself so they could get an idea of what school was like during the 1780s. They learned that discipline was strict and physical, often done with the strap. And, of course, there were no computers back then; students had to write with goose quills dipped in ink.
Janet McQuillan, a Sir John Johnson Manor House committee member who volunteered on Friday, wanted her session to be as authentic as possible. As such, she admonished the left-
handed students that they had to write with their right hands. The thinking at the time was that lefthandedness was of the devil.
Two southpaw students, Cedrick Major and Avery MacCuaig, agreed that having to write with the right was “difficult” and “not very fun.”
The education day takes place at the Sir John Johnson House but since the institution is undergoing renovations, it was moved to the museum this year.
The renovations will not be complete by July 19, the date of the Manor House Social. Therefore, that event will be relocated to the fairgrounds.
Cultural centre poll Alexandria’s Le Centre culturel Les trois p’tits points is carrying out an online survey as it plan its future.
The strategic plan is meant to ensure the development, vitality and relevance of the organization. Go to surveymonkey. com/ r/ planif_ strat_ externe to complete the survey.
The deadline is May 26. The survey will be followed up by a meeting in September.
Contact consultant Mélanie Chevrier (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
GRADUATING ARC: Shawn McRae, Garry Atchison, Wendy Rozon, Stephanie Jaworski, Carolyn Reed, and Sally Phypers were all honoured for their time serving on the Char-Lan ARC committee. Also shown is former trustee Art Buckland, who introduced the six at the Saved Char-Lan celebration last Saturday evening in Williamstown.
HALLIONS: The Hallions, a Celtic rock band comprised of musicians from Glengarry, played the North Glengarry in Alexandria recently. From left: Alex MacMillan, Pat MillerGarreau, Eric Hurtubise, Rita DeNobriga, and Matt Seguin.
LEFT WRITE: Grade 7 student Avery MacCuaig was relieved when he was allowed to write with his left hand at an education day at the Glengarry, Nor’Westers Museum in Williamstown on Friday. At one time, lefthandedness was seen as demonic.