Parents and students concerned about the future of schools on Vancouver’s East Side rallied today outside of Carleton Elementary on Kingsway.
This comes after the Vancouver School Board announced the potential closure of 12 schools due to low enrollment, 11 of those listed are on the city’s East Side.
Debbie Liang, a recent graduate from one of the schools on the chopping block, says closing schools hurts the community.
“I could imagine just for some other families as well, just commuting to schools that are far away, even if bus fare seems like really small, overtime it builds up, it could be a hardship.”
Alongside the rally, a young student puts up posters at local businesses, asking them to help save her school.
Merian Dialogo says all of her children have graduated from Carleton, but her youngest might not get the chance to do so.
“Maybe one of these kids soon will be the Prime Minister of Canada, who knows. We need to invest on education, that’s the future of Canada.”