Sunday, June 23, 2024

George Street Public School – The Final Chapter

About three years ago on May 23rd 2015 as an observer I visited George Street Public Schoola walk down memory lane‘ community event, or school closing event. The same year following school year George Street Public School students from Kindergarten through grade 3 merged with the nearby Aurora Senior Public School on Wellington Street West. Aurora Senior Public School was re-named to Wellington Public School.

George Street Public School goes by the motto: “the little school with the big heart.” Source

School was opened in 1957 and it was a first elementary school on the West side of Yonge Street. School closed it’s doors after 58 years in 2015. Apparently former students were invited to look at some of ‘decades old artwork‘ that was saved by the teachers and were encouraged to take their work.

“Despite its stature, however, the building comes with a long history and will leave behind a large legacy.” Source

As I looked through some of the student’s work on display and knowing that the highest grade was grade three, I was amazed with some of the content written in cursive writing. Cursive writing or good penmanship may soon be a thing of the past. Back to my elementary school days, penmanship and work organization was highly exercised.

“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.” ~ Steve Carell

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