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betterment of the community and education excluding political meetings and public dances, (2) full respon sibility of cost of breakage or damage should be born by the party or parties using the auditorium, (3) caretaker's fee be paid by the user, and (4) booking of the auditorium should be made to ward representative. "
In the seventies the school population continued to increase. In 1971-72 enrolment reached a peak with 358 students in K to VIII and nineteen teachers.
Many inventive programs have been part of the school.
From September '74 to June '73 through the Federal Local Initiative Program (L.I.P.) hot meals were served from the kitchen. Olga Holmberg, Ethylin Beatty, Grace Michalchuk, and Joyce Robinson served full course meals with dessert and beverage to the students. The school auditorium looked like a banquet hall as the pupils ate and socialized together.
The kitchen was also a classroom where Harriet Lee, taught a food course on a voluntary basis. Mary Thoren taught sewing in the basement, as well.
One more activity during the seventies deserves mention. During the years '71 to '74 a nursery school was in operation on the Reserve under the sponsorship of Rolling River Division. Wally Yanchycki was responsible for supervision. Dorothy Huntinghawk was the teacher; she is now a para professional on the elementary staff.
The yellow school continued to be used until June of '77. Even the basement was used. Lome Mackedenski taught shop there for three years. After the building had stood idle for a year, it was sold to the Rolling River band members. They salvaged much of the material for construction purposes on the reserve. The area has now been landscaped and serves as a turn-around for buses.
Two programs for the training of native teachers, both under the direction of Brandon University, have been part of the school system. A large number of people were a part of the IMPACTE program and it has been discontinued. The PENTE program is on-going. Darlene McKay and Dorothy Huntinghawk were a part of this program, and both are currently working in the school.
The school has also made extensive use of para
professionals. Among those who have been employed are: Kaye Tiller, Gloria Skog, Ollie Brookman, and Dorothy Huntinghawk.
Secretaries have included: Viola Burkett, Val Wick dahl, and Gloria Skog.
As time moves forward into the eighties, Erickson has much to be proud of in its schools.
We have two fine modern facilities. The children from the rural areas, as well as from the reserve, have become a part of the system. The excellence of the staff can, perhaps, be seen in their quiet efficiency; and in the fact that no complaints or problems seem to be in evidence.
As schools increase in size, one tends to think of them becoming divorced from community participation. Erickson has, however, an excellent illustration of the fact that interest of our community in aspects of the school is still strong. At present there is underway, a School and Community project that involves the building of a whole array of playground facilities. This project consists of two adventure islands equipped with a large number of pieces of climbing apparatus plus slides of different kinds. There are numerous swings, chinning rings and bars, shinny poles, a kick wall, sand boxes and spring animals.
The $8 000 project is being financed by: the elementary school, $4000; The Erickson Lions' Club, $2500; and an anonymous donor, $1 500. Many hours of volunteer help is being donated by the school staff and by community members. The children of the future will have a healthful and safe place to play and will, hopefully, develop socially as well as physically by the use of this equipment.
The growth and development of our school system in less than eighty years makes one wonder what progress will be left for future generations to make.
Until 1964, the high school grades were accommodated in the same building as the elementary grades. As there was one principal as well as one organization, the high school classes have been included with the elementary classes until that year when the new collegiate was opened.
Erickson School - Class of 1921. Left to Right: Unknown, Lawrence Lithander, Claus Lindgren, Ragnar Bergeson, Conrad Holmberg, Ruth Forsgren, Helen Bergquist, Paraska Oleniuk, Margaret Berg wall. (Other children unidentified).
How many smilesfrom day to day I've missed along my narrow way! How many kindly words I've lost What joy has my indifference cost! This gloriousfriend that now I know Would have been friendly years ago.