Glenwood Elementary pulls together

Editor:

The teachers, staff, parents and students still think about how close we came to losing our school Glenwood Elementary just over one year ago. Everyone in our community school has pulled together and is working hard to make sure we don’t have another close call again.

Today there are 146 children attending, the Langley School District predicted that there would only be 133 enrolled. Our little school has a capacity of 200 children, we are 73% full and enrolment is looking good for next year. We need to protect and preserve our country heritage and realize how important Glenwood is.

I know we still have a long way to go but with future development starting soon we are confident our little school will grow in numbers and the children will continue to thrive.

Also, for the 2010/2011 year in grade 8 alone 72% of former Glenwood students are on the effort or honour roll at the local high school. 13% of the graduating class is on the honour or effort roll and 6% of those graduates are former Glenwood students.

Our new Glenwood Elementary community garden is well underway thanks to one of our volunteer parents. There are enough beds for each class to learn everything from planting seeds to harvesting the rewards.

Glenwood Elementary also gives back to the community. In September the students ran the Terry Fox National School Run and in December Glenwood students and families collected over 30 “Coats for Kids” for distribution by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau for families in need.

On May 27 Glenwood Elementary intermediate students will be participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life.

A lot of these great learning experiences were provided by Glenwood PAC fundraisers, parent fundraising and parent volunteer support.

Liz Firth, Langley