Volunteers needed to plan celebration for former Harewood school

NANAIMO – Residents want to mark 100 years since former school built.

Seeking to hold a 100-year anniversary celebration for the former Harewood School, the Harewood Neighbourhood Association is searching for volunteers.

According to secretary Carolyn Iles, the association is looking for people to assist with planning an afternoon meet-and-greet event in the school gym, hopefully sometime in early September. More people are needed because the association has a small membership.

“We’re asking if there are some people in the community that would be willing to put in a little time to help us develop a celebration of this very historical school in our community,” said Iles.

Volunteers would be needed to help organize the event and once that is established, help set up for the event.

Illes said the association knows there are people out there that went to the school and they may enjoy meeting with some of their old classmates, who they may not have seen for years.

People with an interest in history might see this as an opportunity as well.

The school opened in September 1914, consisting of five classrooms. People with school memorabilia are also asked to lend it for the celebration.

“We’d love to have an opportunity to have people bring in some records, or report cards or if they have any kinds of mementos from the school,” Iles said.

She added that the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association has a historical group and may be able to donate artifacts like the old (punishment) strap for display at the event, should they be needed.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Iles at kiles@island.net or Peggy Lake, vice-president, at 250-741-1967.