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Cochrane history: Thumbs down on experimental school year, up on Europe trip

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School topics were on the front page of the Cochrane Northland Post on April 14th, 1982, and are the subject of this week’s look at local history.

One story deals with a survey conducted by the Cochrane-Iroquois Falls Board of Education.  It asked parents if they wanted their kids to start school a week earlier than usual, and have a two-week March break.  Two-thirds of over eleven-hundred respondents said no, as public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore reads from the report.

“The majority of the parents saying no to the experimental year commented that summer is short enough. Forty-one parents commented that the weather is too cold or slushy in March, children can’t play outside and are bored at home.”

Also on that front page, the ESCHS Europe Club taking a trip to the continent.

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“Members of the Europe Club arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on April 9th,” Proulx-Chedore reads.  “From there, they travelled in a van along the Rhine Valley and into the Black Forest region. The group also visited Switzerland, France and Monte Carlo.”

The students who were accompanied by three chaperones were Laura Linklater, Brent James, Clarice Gervais, Karen Woodman, Laurraine Segouin, Kevin Johnson, Peter Blazecka, Tim Konopelky, Louise Gravel, Randy Lanthier, Lynn Tremblay, Lucie Vallee and Allen Olkkonen.

Gems of Cochrane history can be discovered in the archives of the Cochrane Public Library.

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