Mission accomplished for Pineland School’s 50th celebrations


More than 700 people attended Pineland School’s 50th anniversary on May 31.

The celebration began with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 10.30 a.m. on the school property at 5121 Meadowhill Road. Breakfast was followed by various games like musical chairs and raffles.

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Councillor Paul Scharman, Halton Board of Education Chair Amy Collard and former Mayor Cam Jackson were all part of the celebrations. Cam was also in the first graduating class of the school.

“The weather was beautiful and the kids seemed to have a good time. Mission accomplished.” said Parent Council Chair Chris Wilson. “Part of the celebrations was to raise money for the school.”

Their goal was to raise $50,000 for improvements in the school and the event helped them reach halfway.

“As a school council, we’ve identified technology as a major need. We spend quite a few dollars on upgrading equipment for students in terms of computers, iPads, Smart Boards in the classroom, and resourses for literacy and mathematics.”

Inside the school, they’ve renamed one of the hallways Panther Hall. Hanging on the walls are plaques of people and companies, who have made donations.

“We’ve probably raised twice as much as the school has ever raised before,” said Chris.

If you’re interested in donating to the school, there are several ways you can do it. You can purchase a plaque of students forming a gigantic 50 in the school yard or you can become a sponsor. A Panther Family and Friends sponsor is $100 or a Community Partner (Business) sponsor is $250. Donations are also tax deductible.

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