Early birth­day bash at GDHS

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff Glen­garry Dis­trict High School stu­dents started Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion early by hold­ing a cer­e­mony and cre­at­ing a daz­zling red and white colour for­ma­tion to rep­re­sent Canada’s flag last Wed­nes­day.

All Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board schools will cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary that of­fi­cially takes place July 1, 2017.

“It’s a neat idea to let the kids be aware. It’s an im­por­tant date and a good thing to cel­e­brate,” said North Glen­garry Coun. Brian Cad­dell who par­tic­i­pated in the GDHS cer­e­mony. Prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Brown said the school wanted to cel­e­brate Cana­di­ana and “talk about why we are very lucky to live in the coun­try we do.”

Glen­garry Pipe Band mem­bers marched into the GDHS au­di­to­rium to start the cer­e­mony as many stu­dents donned their red and white at­tire for the day. Stu­dents also re­ceived com­mem­o­ra­tive Tshirts.

Stu­dent Sarah Cad­dell sang the na­tional an­them and stu­dents viewed an ar­ray of in­spir­ing images of Canada’s land­scape from coast to coast, while lis­ten­ing to The Trag­i­cally Hip’s song “Wheat Kings.”

Teacher Kather­ine Adams noted youth should be proud of their Cana­dian her­itage, as Canada is rec­og­nized as the sec­ond best place to live in the world, based on a re­cent re­port.

For the school’s an­niver­sary photo, stu­dents as­sem­bled with each hold­ing a red or white square piece of pa­per over their head to form a mas­sive im­age of the Cana­dian flag on the school’s soccer field. The pho­to­graph will be in­cor­po­rated into GDHS’s own Canada 150 an­niver­sary poster dis­play.

UCDSB trustee Wendy MacPher­son joined North Glen­garry coun­cil­lors Brian Cad­dell and Jeff Man­ley, both re­tired teach­ers, in sign­ing a com- mem­o­ra­tive poster that will also be signed by stu­dents.

Stu­dents had ear­lier planted com­mem­o­ra­tive red and white tulips in front of the school.

They con­tin­ued the cel­e­bra­tion by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a five-kilo­me­tre walk and run on the school’s track.

AN­GELA BROWN PHO­TOS

GDHS 150: (Above) Bri­anna Van Loon, Shayla MacNaughto­n, and Sarah MacGil­livray were among the stu­dents who formed a flag. (Be­low, right) Mar­shall Wil­son and Mor­gan MacPher­son were mas­ters of cer­e­mony at the gath­er­ing. (Bot­tom) De­nali Dorn, Robyn Howes...

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