PEI

Georgetown residents form ring around threatened school

More than 300 Georgetown residents, about half the eastern P.E.I. town's population, joined hands to form a human chain around its elementary school Sunday afternoon.
Parents in Georgetown form a ring around the local school. ((Craig Thornley))

More than 300 Georgetown residents, about half the eastern P.E.I. town's population, joined hands to form a human chain around its elementary school Sunday afternoon. 

It was one final "Save our School" public display of affection.

The school was recommended for closure in a report that would see 11 schools in the Eastern School District shut in September. On Friday, a court challenge of the process for closing the schools went against the town.

Event organizer Toby Murphy of the Friends of Georgetown told CBC News the human-chain gathering had been in the works before the court decision.

"I was disappointed, of course. You're always wishing there's a little bit of hope there, but, you know, we just kind of move on," said Murphy.

"Our group was focused right from the beginning on education and the support today shows that. It's really overwhelming. It's overwhelming. It just goes to show that we have such a wonderful community here."

Group members, including children, teens, parents and grandparents, were dressed in yellow T-shirts. They joined hands around the school for about 10 minutes.

Following months of public debate, Eastern School District trustees will vote Friday on whether to close the schools.