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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hello Goodbye

I attended a unique and historical event over the past weekend - the Chilliwack Senior Secondary (CSS) Hello Goodbye Reunion. More than six decades of CSS grads, former staff, teachers, and their families were at the school to say hello to the new school and goodbye to the old CSS building.

My parents finding themselves and friends on the walls.
CSS opened in 1950 and the old building will be torn down in the summer. Chilliwack secondary teacher Steve Anderson and local Chilliwack musician Trevor McDonald organized a once in a lifetime event that included tours, presentations in the gym, memorabilia, photos and video.

People that had never met laughed about lining up for cafeteria food. Graduates 30 years apart  reminisced about the horrible green colour of the girl's bathroom. People poured over the graduation pictures.

Yes, up in what is now storage is where I took art history!
It was strange to go back to school with my parents and my uncle, all grads, and see our old classrooms. We shared vivid memories of the packed stairwells; none of us had any clue where our lockers had been. My strongest memories are of history, english, and art. Based on those happy memories it would seem that I am in the right career! The image to the left (photographer Darren Durupt) shows part of the special catalogue of artwork from Chilliwack senior secondary alumni that was on display.

My parents and I saw friends they had not seen in years. Goodbye to an era. Hello to new memories.

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