Duncan Elementary's 100th anniversary celebration takes place April 5

Historic Duncan Elementary School will celebrate its 100 birthday on Saturday, April 5. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
Historic Duncan Elementary School will celebrate its 100 birthday on Saturday, April 5.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Historical moments from Duncan Elementary School are already being shared and there's more to come on Saturday, April 5.

The 100th anniversary of the school on Nagle Street is being celebrated with a community gathering. The actual date of the school's opening was Dec. 11, 1913 but it was decided to put off the commemoration of the event until a later time.

"We felt spring would be better — daylight hours and the weather would be better,'' said Tracy Jones of School District 79, one of the organizers.

In the meantime, memories have been flowing through the Duncan Elementary 100th Anniversary Facebook page.

"The Facebook site has been quite active and there's been posters set out,'' said Jones.

"We've been asking people to submit their favourite memories.''

Ads were also placed in newspapers before spring break and again now in advance of the event to make sure the word gets around to everyone who wants to attend.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. with the opening of displays for viewing. Words of welcome from SD79 Superintendent Joe Rhodes and City of Duncan Mayor Phil Kent occur at 2 p.m.

A time capsule sealed during the 75th anniversary in 1988 will be opened. The same two people who sealed it, Darrin St. Amand and Kimberly (McKelvie) Kovacs, will have the honours of revealing what's in it.

Cake and refreshments will be served and viewing of exhibits continues until 4:30 p.m.

"It's just amazing how many clippings and photos there are of the school,'' said Jones.

The Duncan Fire Department will have its vintage 1922 fire truck on display.


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