On Oct. 6, thousands sat under the Friday night lights at Parkside Collegiate Institute (PCI), as the Parkside Stamps Football Teams, both senior and junior, defeated their Strathroy counterparts, kicking off a memorable 50th anniversary reunion weekend for alumni and students alike.
Friday night also included memory rooms inside the school from each decade Parkside has been open, a beer tent, photobooth, and live music spanning each era since 1967. Alumni greeted old friends and toured the school, and laughs could be heard echoing down the hallways as former students found their old lockers and classrooms, reminiscing about their time at PCI.
“We are pleased to announce that over the weekend Parkside alumni raised enough money to create a $20,000 scholarship fund for PCI students,” said Catharine Sloan, co-chair of the event. The fund will be awarded to deserving students for post-secondary education each year. Alumni also purchased memory stones for the path to the football field where inscriptions were added for a $100 donation to Parkside Athletics.
“We are grateful to all the staff and students who donated many hours to make this event happen,” said co-chair Lisa VanderWallen. “Thousands of man-power hours go into putting something like this together and I think our fundraising success reflects the hard-work of our volunteers.”
On Oct. 8, after a brunch, a time capsule was buried featuring memorabilia from students, past and present. The capsule also included the Elgin-Middlesex-London official Canada 150 Flag donated by Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio, and will be uncovered in 25 years — the year 2042 — when PCI alumni will gather once again to celebrate years past.