CEC petition gets huge support

CEC petition gets huge support

“We wanted to show the school district that there is opposition to their decision.”

If parents and students at the soon to close Creston Education Centre aren’t feeling the love from School District No. 8, they are surely getting it from their online petition.

Created to let the BC government know about parents’ unhappiness with the CEC closure, scheduled for June, the online petition started on February 15.

“We wanted to show the school district that there is opposition to their decision,” HomeLinks parent Michelle Deshaies said on Monday. “We hoped to get 1,000 signatures.”

By Tuesday morning at 5 a.m., on the petition’s fifth day, the list of supporters had reached 7,254.

“We are asking the Provincial Government to stop the closure of the Creston Education Centre. Education is a major asset to the future of our families and decisions should be very well considered before decommissioning educational programs and opportunities. We are seeking to keep our Education Centre running to continue serving the people of the Creston Valley. We as a community are looking forward to positive decisions to be made regarding our families. We need stability to secure the future of our children’s education,” the petition says.

Deshaies said that parents have been overwhelmed by the support and will continue to encourage more signatures.

The petition can be found at https://www.thepetitionsite.com/197/358/779/save-our-creston-education-center/

Creston Valley residents are invited to attend an information meeting on Monday, Feb 26, at 7:00 pm (CEC Gym).

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together community members, local government bodies, and organizations who are interested in the future of the building. The public will have an opportunity to hear about various plans, ideas, proposals and possible partnerships that have been envisioned for the future of the Creston Education Centre building.