Nearly two hundred people packed an East Vancouver hall, voicing the importance of Britannia Secondary school in the community.
The East Side secondary is one of 12 schools facing the axe by the Vancouver School board.
Madgen Liao says Britannia is one of two schools offering the International Baccalaureate program.
“If Britannia were to be closed down and I would be transferred to Churchill, it would actually cost me 1600 dollars. It’s very hard to afford for a lot of families so Britannia is absorbing this cost.”
She currently pays 600 dollars.
Local mom Tanya Van, whose son goes to the school, says she owes everything to Britannia.
“I started out as a single, homeless mother, and I’m very happy with what this school gave me: stability, it gave our kids opportunity, community that supported us and it keeps on giving and we just can’t take this away.”
The Vancouver School Board will vote on a shortlist on September 26, with a final decision expected in December.