Celebratory sendoff planned for Millet School

Millet School may be closing in June at the end of the 2017 school year but it’s closing with a day to honour its past and celebrate...

Millet School will be closing at the end of the 2017 school year.

Millet School will be closing at the end of the 2017 school year.

Millet School may be closing in June at the end of the 2017 school year but it’s closing with a day to honour its past and celebrate who and what made it the school it was over the years.

A celebration will be held in two parts on June 3.

“The purpose is to celebrate the role Millet School has played in the community of Millet for the last 87 years,” said Susan Coleman, principal of Millet School and Griffiths-Scott Middle School.

She adds, while it’s been renovated and expanded over the years the core block of Millet School first opened to teach the students of the area in 1930.

An open house will be held at Millet School from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“People are welcome to come in and take a tour of the school,” said Coleman.

“We really want people to spread the word to people who don’t live in Millet anymore,” she added.

During the open house Coleman encourages former members of the Millet School family to stop in if they are able to and visit the classrooms they used to frequent or share old memories.

Millet School is working with the Millet and District Museum to create a visual display of the history of the school for the open house. “So if anybody has mementos or pictures of Millet School over the years and would like them to be part of the display they can drop them off at the museum or Millet School,” said Coleman.

An evening dinner program will be held at the Millet Agriplex.

“The program will include some speeches from former staff members, and local entertainers,” said Coleman.

While the open house is open to all members of the public free of charge, tickets for the dinner program cost $22 and are now available at Millet School, Griffiths-Scott Middle School, the Millet town office and the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools division office in Wetaskiwin.

When school begins in September 2017 Griffiths-Scott Middle School will house Kindergarten to Grade 8 students and Grade 9 students will attend Wetaskiwin Composite High School.