DALKEITH — Laggan Public School (LPS) is hosting its 50th anniversary this year, honouring five decades of public education and the school’s continuing role as a hub of the community. Celebration events are being run in partnership with the Laggan Recreation Association (LRA), and will include an alumni dance, community barbecue, and a “Laggan Through the Decades” day featuring displays of school memorabilia.
“The 50th anniversary celebration is a chance for people who’ve been away to come back, catch up with old friends and reminisce about their time at Laggan,” says Wendy MacDonald, a teacher at the school who sits on the celebration committee. “The school is such an important part of this community, and 50 years is one of those milestones you really have to celebrate.”
“We hope to celebrate our past, but also look forward to future generations attending Laggan,” adds Principal Nichola Bond. “We want to acknowledge the school’s continuing role in this community for years to come.”
The school opened in September 1969, amalgamating the student populations of several one-room schoolhouses that once served the area. Over the years, LPS has educated generations of North Glengarry students.
The school serves as a focal point of the North Glengarry community, hosting community dinners and plays, Christmas concerts and craft sales, community music recitals, and an annual e-waste recycling day. The Glengarry Soccer League is a regular user of the school site as well, holding games on the school field each spring and summer.
The 50th celebration officially began in September, with a birthday party for the school – complete with children’s games, group photos and a cupcake birthday cake.
On February 8, the LRA will host a Family Skate and Chili Supper at the Dalkeith Recreation Hall and Skating Rink. Family skating will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by open skating and a chili supper from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meal tickets cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available at the school, at the door, or can be purchased from LRA members.
The alumni dance is scheduled for March 7 from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Glengarry Sports Palace. Hosted by the LRA, the event will be open to both alumni and the wider community. The dance will feature local entertainment, a live auction and light meal. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available soon. The dance will also serve as a fundraiser to support a year-end anniversary barbecue that is tentatively planned for June. The LRA is seeking volunteers to staff the barbecue. Anyone interested is asked to contact the association through its Facebook page.
Details are still in the planning stage for the “Laggan Through the Decades” celebration, but organizers are looking at May. In preparation for that, the school is seeking memorabilia for the event. Anyone interested in loaning theirs for display is asked to contact the school.
The principal is excited about the celebration, viewing it as a foundation for the next phase of the school’s history.