Danielle Placek attended school at Glenwood Elementary and now her boys

Glenwood school marks 100 years of learning

A rural South Langley school hosts the community.

Danielle Placek’s ponytail and pink sweatshirt were to give her a decidely ’90s look when she attended the Glenwood Elementary 100th anniversary party on Nov. 9.

Her two sons now attend the school she went to back when the hair was big and the sweatshirt was the hoodie of its time.

“Glenwood’s always had a special place in my heart,” she said.

That’s why the family chose to send the boys, in Grades 1 and 5, to Glenwood.

“I love the rural setting,” Placek said.

She also likes the smaller class sizes.

“There’s still two teachers here from when I was here in the 1990s,” she noted.

She went to the old Glenwood, beside the current school at 208th Street and 24th Avenu.

“I went to the old school for four years,” she said. “I remember having to do into the spooky basement to go to the washroom.”

Now the old school is the district media centre and storage. The school parent advisory council also uses the space.

To mark Glenwood’s 100th anniversary, the school invited in the community and held an assembly and afternoon celebration. Photos, memorabilia and vintage artifacts were displayed.

According to the Langley Retired Teachers’ Association website, the earliest Glenwood school was built in 1891 on the southwest corner of 16th Avenue and 216th Street.

In 1916, a one-room school with a basement was built on the corner of 16th Avenue and 208th Street.

The school started with nine students. It was destroyed by fire in 1920 and rebuilt. After 25 years, it was sold and converted into a house.

The next building was two rooms at the corner of 16th Avenue and 208th Street on a site donated by Noel Booth.

Rapid population expansion meant the school soon became six rooms with 200 students enrolled by 1957.

Classes were added in the basement but the cold and drafty conditions meant much sickness for students and staff.

Increased numbers meant that Grades 5 and 6 had to be moved to Langley Central school in the 1950s.

A two room addition in 1956/57 allowed the classes to return to Glenwood.

More additions came along – an activity room in 1962/63, two classrooms and a library in 1969, two more classes and more washrooms in 1971, and a gym in 1974, according to the website.

 

Just Posted

Vancouver Giant named to Western Conference first-tier all-star team

Young hockey defenceman Bowen Byram is once again lauded for his outstanding efforts on the ice

WATCH: Langley Glow events denied permission to run

Darvonda Nurseries received a notice from the ALC on March 5.

Arrest and prohibition part of RCMP-CN police education exercise.

Tickets were issued and violations observed, although the focus was to educate drivers.

Mounties hunt for missing Langley man

The public has been asked to help locate David Grainger, last seen on March 19

Langley takedown linked to murder conspiracy case

Dramatic arrest was part of Taskforce Tourniquet, a multi-agency police gang investigation

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Punching Parkinson’s in the Fraser Valley

Rock Steady Boxing program, designed to help battle symptoms of Parkinson’s, coming to Abbotsford in April

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Most Read