Community invited to Family Day school-closing protest poster effort

What better way to celebrate Family Day than to defend the family school.

An ad hoc group of Osoyoos parents who have organized as a Facebook group plan to gather February 8 after 5 p.m. for a poster-making rally.

Brenda Dorosz, an Osoyoos parent who has taken a leading role in the charge to save Osoyoos schools, posted the event on the The Save Osoyoos Secondary/Elementary Schools group, which now numbers 547 members. She is encouraging parents to meet at JF Customs (6203 — Hwy. 97) to join the effort.

“We need you to bring markers/poster boards/ folding tables and snacks,” reads the posting. “Let’s make this a fun night.”

Those attending are asked to donate supplies or snacks and are encouraged to bring their children.

Osoyoos learned in mid-January it will bear the brunt of Okanagan-Similkameen School District budget cutbacks when senior staff recommended at a regular board meeting January 13 that either the town’s secondary school or its elementary school be shuttered.

The announcement has galvanized the community, with parents, students, other town residents, businesses and other levels of government all engaged in an effort to halt the school closing(s).

The first of three public consultation meetings scheduled by the School District to discuss the potential closing(s) is slated for February 9 at Osoyoos Secondary School, beginning at 7 p.m.

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