"Mon école au temps des pionniers"
On May 22, the parent committee of Ste-Elizabeth's School and principal Alain Guindon invited volunteers from Cantley 1889 to help with a heritage event to stimulate the children's interest in pioneer life and Cantley history in a fun way.
After the excitement of playing such outdoor heritage games as tug-of-war, sack races and log balancing, children and parents warmed up in the school gym with refreshments and activities. Here, they were intrigued with the display of coins and photos of bygone days of Cantley. They could learn how to make a family tree and view the extensive display of historical artifacts. Most tried the "guessing game" of identifying 23 tools which were common in pioneer homes a century ago.
Both children and adults experimented writing with a straight pen, dipping the nib into the ink well. When they perfected their penmanship they were invited to write their name on a paper leaf for attaching to the beautiful painting by volunteer Lynda Rondeau. It will be displayed in the school as a reminder of this special heritage evening.
Many thanks to the parent volunteers, the principal, Cantley 1889 volunteers and all the participants for making the discovery of our community's heritage meaningful and fun.