Canuck School Reunion

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Canuck School Reunion

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In 2011, the Canuck School Reunion was held in the refurbished Canuck School which had been moved to Bear Lake Park on the north shore of the lake. This was the third reunion held for former students. When the first was held in July 2000, the old school still stood on its original site. Following that reunion, the Bear Lake Canuck School Historical Society was formed, and the school was moved to a new site in Bear Lake Park in 2001. By the next school reunion in 2009, the school had been completely refurbished.

Canuck School District 3873 was established September 22, 1919 but classes had been held in a log building on Walter McGervins' homestead as early as 1918. In 1921 a 26' x 38' white frame school was built on the SE 1/4 of Section 9, Township 73, Range 7, West of the 6th Meridian. The first teacher was Leo Patterson, and like many succeeding teachers, he boarded at the home of Louis Alexandre. Later a teacherage was added to the site. Teachers included Miss Nugent, Peggy Stanford, Mrs. Clendenan, Dora Coburg, May Robinson, Mr. Strawn, Myrtle Dixon, Alice Sutherland, Myrtle Tolley, Marjorie Clifford, Florence Cunningham, Patsy Meraw, Mrs. R. Bennett, Betty Rigby, Alice Samuelson, Norah Webb, Roy Grimsrud, Barbara Bailey, Eleanor Wafler, Velma Podulsky, Pat Van Schaick, Florence Nail and Mrs. (Myrtle) Jack Brown. In the fall of 1955 the school was closed and the children were bussed to Sexsmith.


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