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PeaceBridge Public School

PeaceBridge Public School

PeaceBridge Public School

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105 Torrance Street
Fort Erie
L2A 1J0,1

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PeaceBridge Public School:

General Vanier Public School will be operating under a new name starting the 2013 school year. It will be known as Peace Bridge Public School.

The process to pick a name began Feb. 19, with community members and students making submissions. The board approved the chosen name March 26.

Principal Gary King said that Peace Bridge Public School fit well because it is bridging together Fort Erie Elementary School and Rose Seaton Public School, which will be closing at the end of this school year.

The students from those two schools will be split between General Vanier or Garrison Road Public School. King said the QEW is basically the divide for where students will be going.

The Peace Bridge is also an iconic symbol for Fort Erie and appears on many things that represent the town. Many of the students see the bridge daily on their commute to school.

"It's just a great physical reminder. We do a lot of character building at this school and one of those is creating peace and building relationships between people. It was a good symbol for the school," he said.

The school has already begun its $4.6 million renovation process, which is going to include a newly built gym and some newly built classrooms. The current gym will be transformed into three classrooms and some storage.

The school will also see a new entrance as well as new front offices and a bus lane that will connect Champlain to Torrance.

"It's a big project, a large chunk of the funding came from the provincial government and the board raised about $1.5 million," said King.

In addition to a new name, and a fresh new look the school will also be looking for a new mascot to represent Peace Bridge Public School. The junior kindergarten class did a brainstorming project and put their ideas on a list, which is proudly displayed in the hallway at the school.

The process of picking the mascot will be similar to picking the name. The selection period is currently running and will continue until April 16.

Once all the paper entry forms are submitted and online suggestions they will all be complied and the student committee will shortlist the mascots. It will eventually come down to the final three, which will be voted on by students.

"We're hoping to have the new mascot by the end of the month. This is just one of the many activities to bring the three schools together," he said.

King is also serving his last year of principal at General Vanier Public School.

Next year, when the school re-opens as Peace Bridge Public School a new face will lead the school. Cindy Kohinski, who is currently the principal at Rose Seaton will take over. She was chosen because Rose Seaton is the school who currently has the largest population.

King will move into retirement at the end of this school year.

General Vanier Public School was given its name in 1967 after it was built as Torrance Street Public School in 1955.

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