Glendale hosts farewell open house

Last week Glendale Elementary School held an open house for parents, students and former teachers of the school.

Tara Sprickerhoff

Tribune Staff Writer


Last week Glendale, the last of the Williams Lake schools slated for closure, held an open house for parents, students and former teachers of the school.

For Maria Lepetich it was an opportunity for one last visit to the school which she both attended and worked.

Lepetich, who was a Calabrese at the time, and five of her siblings attended the school between 1965 and 1980. She later worked at the school during the summer and as a teacher-librarian for 10 years. Her mother, Adriana Calabrese, also learned English at the school, during after-hour classes designed for new Canadians.

“As students, we were under principal Hazel Huckvale. She ran the school with a lot of discipline and high expectations. She always believed if there was good order things would run smoothly,” Lepetich said, reminiscing about when she attended Glendale.

During her late teens, Lepetich returned to the school during the summer to help at a summer transitional school for new Canadians. She recalls working hard to convince newly immigrated families to let their children go camping to help immerse them in Canadian culture.

Later, when she returned to the school as a teacher-librarian in 1993, Lepetich recalls enjoying the sports days where families would pull out blankets and have picnics in the playground.

“With Glendale it always had such great community and parent support,” she said.

Now a teacher and librarian at 150 Mile Elementary School, Lepetich says she understands the need for change in the school district and the closure of the school, but visiting Glendale during its last days has brought up many emotions for her.

“Of course, it’s extremely sad anytime a school closes, but buildings and books are just that, buildings and books. The memories won’t fade,” she said.

“It just makes me very emotional coming and remembering all the great things that happened here. It’s not so much the physical building.”

The school is closing as part of the way School District 27 is saving money as enrolment numbers fall along with Ministry of Education funding.

Among other cost-saving measures, four schools are closing this year, Kwaleen and Glendale in Williams Lake, and Buffalo Creek and 100 Mile Junior Secondary School in the 100 Mile area.

Glendale’s students will be attending Nesika and Cataline elementary schools next year.

The French immersion students will be heading to Nesika and the alternate calendar students are set to attend Cataline.

As part of the transition process students attended tours and visits of their new schools and playgrounds.

The board is welcoming expressions of interest to buy or long term lease 13 school district owned properties, including Glendale Elementary School. The deadline on expressions of interest is Friday,  July 26.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The red rock garden in Williams Lake was filled with new rocks in recognition of the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Red rocks left as reminder of missing and murdered local women in Williams Lake

May 5 marked the National Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Thirty people in the region are in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care

Kari, a 12-year-old Belted Galloway, produced triplets Wednesday, April 27. Mother and babies are doing fine. (Kelly Sinoski photo -100 Mile Free Press).
Holy cow: triplets born in 100 Mile House

Linda and Don Savjord witnessed a rare experience last week at Bridge Creek Ranch.

Fireman’s Fairways between Chimney and Felker lakes is slated to open soon, following a clean up work bee this Sunday, May 9 starting at 10 a.m. (Photo submitted)
Cleanup slated for Sunday, May 9 at Fireman’s Fairways Golf Course

Fireman’s Fairway is an 11-hole, par 3 course, opened in 1994

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The total number of cases in the region is now at 11,075 since the pandemic began

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

A woman in the Harrison Mills area was attacked by a cougar on Tuesday, May 4. B.C. Conservation Officers killed two male cougars in the area; the attack was determined to be predatory in nature. (File photo)
2 cougars killed following attack on woman in Agassiz area

Attack victim remains in hospital in stable condition

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. CDC updates info, acknowledging small respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19

Large droplets, not aerosols had been fixture of public health messaging for many months

A picture of Shirley Ann Soosay was rendered from a postmortem photographer and circulated on social media. (DDP graphic)
B.C. genealogist key to naming murder victim in decades-old California cold case

In July 1980, Shirley Ann Soosay was raped and stabbed to death

Most Read