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April 17, 2014: Hilson School Seeks Centennial Memorabilia; Is there an old Report Card in your Attic?

April 17, 2014: Hilson School Seeks Centennial Memorabilia;
Is there an old Report Card in your Attic?

Organizers of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration of Hilson Avenue Public School are looking for public help.

“We’re on the hunt for photos of the old school, artifacts and memorabilia – anything from old t-shirts with the school’s name, to textbooks to a school desk,” said Tara Tosh Kennedy, a member of Hilson Avenue P.S.’s School Council.

“We want people to dig into the attic, raid their photo albums, talk to their grandparents, talk to moms, dads, brothers or aunts who went to the school. Even written-down memories of the school will be an incredible way for our students to connect to the school’s history,” said Tosh Kennedy.

In 1914, the school was built on a small parcel of farmland sold to the Nepean Township School Board by local farmer Fred Heney. His farm was a long and narrow, stretching from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue. The school added two additions to the original eight-room schoolhouse, but time took its toll on the structure and the old school building was torn down and rebuilt in the late ’90s.

Organizers are determined to make the upcoming school year a memorable one and are in preliminary planning stages for the 2014/2015 centennial festivities. Among the items already collected include a photo of the Hilson choir in the 1950s, a document outlining much of the school’s history, and the memories of one or two local seniors, who attended the school themselves.

“We want people to know that they can donate or lend items they may have from their time at the old school – classroom furniture, readers, yearbooks, straps, old erasers — anything,” said Tosh Kennedy.

To make a loan or a donation of stories or memorabilia, please contact Tara Tosh Kennedy at taratosh@rogers.com by the end of June, 2014. Photos and memorabilia can also be dropped off at the school itself at 407 Hilson Avenue.

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