SCUGOG: As Cartwright High School prepares to close its doors for the last time at the end of this schoolyear, the school community will mark the many decades of
academics with a ceremony on May 24.
With the facility's closure pending for June, the event will serve to celebrate the many years that the school has served local families.
The open house event begins at 1:15 p.m. that day, with visits to the schools various classrooms while students continue their work.
Decade rooms, commemorating the many eras of CHS, will open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with various displays and school memorabilia. Lunch will be provided.
The event is being organized by several members of the CHS community, including former music teacher John Beirness.
Mr. Beirness and several other organizers recently opened the building's attic to pull out some of the memorabilia to be displayed on May 24, including photos, uniforms and even notebooks of former students preserved in the building, some dating back to the 1930s.
"There's everything from thousands of photos to yearbooks and everything in between," said Mr. Beirness of the items, many of which bear familiar names and faces of former students. "We have 88 years of memories here to display while we catch up and reminisce."
The event is an informal open house, and will allow guests to "take in as much as they want," said Mr. Beirness.
Like many who attended or taught at the school, many of Mr. Beirness' fond memories of Cartwright are tied to the sense of close-knit community that came with a small student body.
"It was all about being a part of the community," said Mr. Beirness, who taught at the school from 1989 to 2007. "You weren't just a teacher or a student, you were part of a bigger family and you got to know everyone else. We worked together to make the school a success. It was a very unique experience."
The community is also being asked to get involved with the celebration.
Photos and memories of the school are being compiled by former student Lindsay Evanoff, who will then arrange those elements into a series of digital slide shows for guests to watch during the celebration. Anyone wishing to contribute photos
and memories can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (please include name and decade attending CHS in the e-mail subject line).
Photos can be scans or originals, which will be returned afterward.
"We want to make this as personal as possible for visitors," said Mr. Beirness. "It's sad to see the school closing, but we'll go out on a high note."
For more information, call the school at 905-986-4241.