Vaughan Road Academy alumni, students set to host farewell celebration

News Apr 20, 2017 by Dominik Kurek York Guardian

It will be a bittersweet moment when past and present students and faculty of Vaughan Road Academy get together to say goodbye to the 91-year-old school.

The school is closing in June.

The school’s farewell tribute committee is hosting the Farewell to Vaughan Saturday, May 27, expecting more than 1,000 people to attend. To entertain those who attend, organizers have recruited some notable alumni, such as Juno Award-winning blues-violinist Lenny Solomon, and singer-songwriter Allan Soberman who has worked with a number of Grammy Award-winning musicians.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for anyone aged 14 to 25, and free for those 13 and under.

Student council president and Grade 12 student Drew Barot expects at least half the current student population to attend the event. He said students want to spend as much time as they can at the school.

“They want to spend one last day in honour of the school, meet some of the alumni, meet some friends that might have graduated a couple of years ago, and it’s just a great way for us to connect with people who used to go to the school and see where they ended up,” he said.

The school has also played in important role in the community, he added, which is why such a large gathering is expected.

“Vaughan Road has always been a community centre, it’s been a hub really. We have a daycare, we have a pool and we have a lot of people who went here in the past. For a lot of them, Vaughan Road has been a pretty important thing in their life.”

Barot is the student representative on the committee organizing the farewell. For committee chair Norma Meneguzzi Spall, who attended Vaughan Road from 1966 to 70, the celebration is as much about the current students as those from the past. The farewell will include musical performances by current students, including the Vaughan Concert Band. The formal ceremony will end with a video which asks the students what they’ll miss about the school.

“It’s their chance to say goodbye. We’re going to give the current students the final word,” she said.

The event will include decade rooms and a memorabilia room. The official ceremony will take place in the auditorium, while the festivities will happen throughout the school, including music and food in the cafeteria. Eight musical acts are expected to perform through the day.

The ceremony will also include the final induction into the school’s Honorary Hall of Fame.

An event such as this would normally take 18 months to organize, but this one is happening in five months. It’s possible only because of the volunteers, as many as 25 of them, who are putting in countless hours to make it happen.

“Everyone is coming together and devoting their time, their expertise, bringing their heart and soul into this,” Meneguzzi Spall said.

“Everyone feels very passionate about this school. They’re very saddened by this closing."

For more information and for tickets, visit www.vralumni.com

Vaughan Road Academy alumni, students set to host farewell celebration

News Apr 20, 2017 by Dominik Kurek York Guardian

It will be a bittersweet moment when past and present students and faculty of Vaughan Road Academy get together to say goodbye to the 91-year-old school.

The school is closing in June.

The school’s farewell tribute committee is hosting the Farewell to Vaughan Saturday, May 27, expecting more than 1,000 people to attend. To entertain those who attend, organizers have recruited some notable alumni, such as Juno Award-winning blues-violinist Lenny Solomon, and singer-songwriter Allan Soberman who has worked with a number of Grammy Award-winning musicians.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for anyone aged 14 to 25, and free for those 13 and under.

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Student council president and Grade 12 student Drew Barot expects at least half the current student population to attend the event. He said students want to spend as much time as they can at the school.

“They want to spend one last day in honour of the school, meet some of the alumni, meet some friends that might have graduated a couple of years ago, and it’s just a great way for us to connect with people who used to go to the school and see where they ended up,” he said.

The school has also played in important role in the community, he added, which is why such a large gathering is expected.

“Vaughan Road has always been a community centre, it’s been a hub really. We have a daycare, we have a pool and we have a lot of people who went here in the past. For a lot of them, Vaughan Road has been a pretty important thing in their life.”

Barot is the student representative on the committee organizing the farewell. For committee chair Norma Meneguzzi Spall, who attended Vaughan Road from 1966 to 70, the celebration is as much about the current students as those from the past. The farewell will include musical performances by current students, including the Vaughan Concert Band. The formal ceremony will end with a video which asks the students what they’ll miss about the school.

“It’s their chance to say goodbye. We’re going to give the current students the final word,” she said.

The event will include decade rooms and a memorabilia room. The official ceremony will take place in the auditorium, while the festivities will happen throughout the school, including music and food in the cafeteria. Eight musical acts are expected to perform through the day.

The ceremony will also include the final induction into the school’s Honorary Hall of Fame.

An event such as this would normally take 18 months to organize, but this one is happening in five months. It’s possible only because of the volunteers, as many as 25 of them, who are putting in countless hours to make it happen.

“Everyone is coming together and devoting their time, their expertise, bringing their heart and soul into this,” Meneguzzi Spall said.

“Everyone feels very passionate about this school. They’re very saddened by this closing."

For more information and for tickets, visit www.vralumni.com

Vaughan Road Academy alumni, students set to host farewell celebration

News Apr 20, 2017 by Dominik Kurek York Guardian

It will be a bittersweet moment when past and present students and faculty of Vaughan Road Academy get together to say goodbye to the 91-year-old school.

The school is closing in June.

The school’s farewell tribute committee is hosting the Farewell to Vaughan Saturday, May 27, expecting more than 1,000 people to attend. To entertain those who attend, organizers have recruited some notable alumni, such as Juno Award-winning blues-violinist Lenny Solomon, and singer-songwriter Allan Soberman who has worked with a number of Grammy Award-winning musicians.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for anyone aged 14 to 25, and free for those 13 and under.

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Student council president and Grade 12 student Drew Barot expects at least half the current student population to attend the event. He said students want to spend as much time as they can at the school.

“They want to spend one last day in honour of the school, meet some of the alumni, meet some friends that might have graduated a couple of years ago, and it’s just a great way for us to connect with people who used to go to the school and see where they ended up,” he said.

The school has also played in important role in the community, he added, which is why such a large gathering is expected.

“Vaughan Road has always been a community centre, it’s been a hub really. We have a daycare, we have a pool and we have a lot of people who went here in the past. For a lot of them, Vaughan Road has been a pretty important thing in their life.”

Barot is the student representative on the committee organizing the farewell. For committee chair Norma Meneguzzi Spall, who attended Vaughan Road from 1966 to 70, the celebration is as much about the current students as those from the past. The farewell will include musical performances by current students, including the Vaughan Concert Band. The formal ceremony will end with a video which asks the students what they’ll miss about the school.

“It’s their chance to say goodbye. We’re going to give the current students the final word,” she said.

The event will include decade rooms and a memorabilia room. The official ceremony will take place in the auditorium, while the festivities will happen throughout the school, including music and food in the cafeteria. Eight musical acts are expected to perform through the day.

The ceremony will also include the final induction into the school’s Honorary Hall of Fame.

An event such as this would normally take 18 months to organize, but this one is happening in five months. It’s possible only because of the volunteers, as many as 25 of them, who are putting in countless hours to make it happen.

“Everyone is coming together and devoting their time, their expertise, bringing their heart and soul into this,” Meneguzzi Spall said.

“Everyone feels very passionate about this school. They’re very saddened by this closing."

For more information and for tickets, visit www.vralumni.com