Not all schools are created equally

Dear editor,

Courtenay Elementary School is a community school with a big heart. We have passionate teachers and a principal who collect our children each day with warm smiles. We have a team that wants to be the change for these young learners. As a parent volunteer and Parent Advisory Committee member at this school for many years, it saddens me that there isn’t more support for Courtenay Elementary School and other vulnerable schools in SD71.

All too often the burden of fundraising for a school falls on the PAC and teaching staff. An old school like ours needs constant replenishing of worn-out supplies. Our school is circa 1953 and as such many of our play-based learning toys, furniture, art supplies, etc. need to be fundraised from our school community. Sadly, we cannot keep up and our school is falling further behind other schools that can successfully fundraise and build up the school learning experience.

Courtenay Elementary School also has a unique dynamic of having a high number of ‘walk to school’ families. This is a healthy and green success for our school. However, when it comes to transporting children to field trips, often we do not have enough parent volunteer drivers. Compound that with a lack of field trip funds, our school and others in similar situations will have fewer field trip learning experiences. Many of our friends attending other SD71 schools have the privilege of experiencing healthy lifestyle sports such as cross country skiing or attending SD71 An Introduction to Water Sport-Safety with Compass Adventure. It would be ideal if all schools could have the same enriching school experience. This is not the case.

Hopefully with the help of our community we can work together to find solutions to help our most vulnerable schools.

You can check in at your local bottle depot to support a school with refundable bottles. The Return-It Centre in Comox has account number 92 and number 73 in Courtenay for Courtenay Elementary. Perhaps you belong to a group that is passionate for supporting youth. Maybe you could offer a unique experience to the classroom? Please reach out to a school in need.

Kindle Parsons


Just Posted

Merville resident looking for help to name original settler families

Janice Isenor is hoping to figure out which families settled where in Merville 100 years ago

Union Bay Improvement District board apologizes to trustee; deadline remains for other demands

UBID board complies with one of the demands of a letter threatening legal action

Best of World Community Film Fest screens Tuesday

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and… Continue reading

Valley’s Women’s Memorial March honours those missing and murdered

On Thursday morning shortly before noon, around 60 people gathered to honour… Continue reading

Comox Valley Airport evacuated after toaster fire

The fire was quickly extinguished and no flights were affected

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Most Read