Don’t miss Seaway’s 50th

IROQUOIS – The good times and great events planned for Seaway District High School’s 50th anniversary celebrations are well underway: it’s going to be a memorable weekend, May 26-28.

“Everything is coming together for a great time,” said Seaway principal Don Lewis. “Interest is really high. The push now is to get people to actually register for the events so we can plan accordingly. This is going to be a fun and exciting celebration.”

Committees made up of members from both the school and the community have been putting in many hours of planning and preparation for the anniversary.

The Seaway gym will now be the site of the Saturday night dinner and dance (the Morrisburg Arena is no longer available), and plans are well advanced to turn the space into a showcase setting.

“It’s going to be pretty impressive,” Lewis said. Decorations are coming from a variety of sources, all part of making the occasion especially memorable.

The anniversary planning committee has also been receiving lots of community support from businesses and individuals for additional anniversary events such as the silent auction.

“Teachers Cindy Schwartz and Henry Looyen are currently creating a new look for the proposed Hall of Fame.”

Although several nominations have already come in, Lewis points out that the Hall honouring Seaway graduates for their accomplishments in many fields, is a long term work in progress.

“We will probably only select four or five people this first year,” he said. “Others nominated maymake it in later, as the project goes on over time.”

As part of the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, the school will also be making “character recognition” of current Seaway students.

“We are planning to honour those students who have significantly volunteered in this community,” Lewis explained. “Some of our kids have done hundreds of hours of service to the area.”

Former Seaway teachers and staff members have been invited by the anniversary committee.

“We hope many will come out.”

“The word about our big anniversary is getting out,” principal Lewis said. “We have signs and posters out there, and we are encouraging social media to spread the word. We also welcome memorabilia to be dropped off at the school after May 15, to be displayed in the memory rooms. We have a tracking process in place to safeguard anything we are given.”

Come on out, register on line or at Seaway itself and join us for a great 50th anniversary celebration of Seaway District High School,” Lewis said.

The Leader has been supporting the high school anniversary by mounting a series of funny, outlandish and nostalgic photos as a regular feature on page 4 of the paper for the last month.

Also visit The Leader Facebook page to see more than 100 shots of Seaway students over the years taking part in everything from Air Band to drama productions.

More photos are being posted each week.

Register today: join the bash.