Happy Valley school prepares for 100th

Past students, staff invited to help out at the Langford elementary school's celebration

Happy Valley elementary school as it appears today

In 2013 Happy Valley elementary school celebrates its 100 year anniversary and those who share history with the school are invited to help plan the party.

Organizers ask that interested former

students and staff get in touch to help with the centennial birthday, planned for May 10 and 11.

People are also invited to attend the celebration. Already, former students from as far as Winnipeg and northern B.C. are confirmed to attend.

Marilyn Sjostrom attended the school in 1954 and is one of the principal organizers of the celebration.

“It’s a wonderful community type thing,” Sjostrom said. “It’s all about the community and when you get into the history of the whole school it is very neat.”

 

The school opened in 1912, with the first school year running from 1912 to 1913.

Originally a one-room building, the school has gone through many changes in its history.

 

In 2004 a fire destroyed the building that had been in use since the mid-1960s. A new school building was constructed in 2006 and opened its doors on April 23, 2007. In 2011 six new classrooms and two other rooms were added.

The particulars of the celebration are still in the planning phase.

Anyone interested should call 250-478-2766 or email happyvalley100birthday@gmail.com for more information.

 

Anyone with historic photographs or information they’d like to share is asked to call Bonnie Josephson at 250-474-1080.