Although the King George bell at Leduc Estates no longer rings, the sound of bells will be heard throughout the school on Feb. 15.

On the hundredth minute (10:39 a.m.) and on the one hundredth day of school, students and staff at Leduc Estates will gather under its historic bell to sing and ring their own handheld bells to celebrate the bell’s one hundred year anniversary.

“This is going to be a great, fun event for the school,” said Teresa Weber, Educational Assistant (EA) at Leduc Estates and the one who helped make the idea become reality.

In 1912, a bell rang out across the then, much smaller community of Leduc, signaling the start of class for students at King George School, the first school built in Leduc.

When Leduc Estates was opened in 1990, the bell was hung inside the school’s atrium — where it still hangs today, 22 years later.

Teaching the students where the bell originated from is part of the reason for the celebration.

“We’re lucky to have it in our atrium and we want to try and connect kids to the past as much as possible,” explained Dr. Linda Schnell, principal at Leduc Estates.

Celebrating the anniversary of the 100-year old school bell is not the only memory staff and students will be paying tribute to that day.

The proceeds from each handheld bell, which can be purchased for a $1, will go towards the Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children. Lake attended Kindergarten to Grade 6 at Leduc Estates. He started the music foundation before he passed away.

Lake, who was tragically killed along with 18-year-olds Kole Novak and Bradley Arsenault by an alleged drunk driver on Nov. 26, 2011, had a foundation set up in his name by his family to help local, young musicians struggling to participate in music because of financial barriers. The funds from the foundation help prospective musicians attend lessons, provide instruments and attend nationally accredited competitions.

“This is very close to my heart because I knew Thad and his family very well,” said Weber. Although the non-profit organization is at its infancy, the reception from the community has been overwhelming, explained Tony Lake, Thaddeus’ father, who is one of many who are making sure the foundation continues to grow.

“We are very, very pleased with how the foundation is growing and it really is a testament to the kind of community we live in,” he said.

Although it has been 10 years since Thaddeus graduated from Leduc Estates, his impact is still being felt there.

“We’re honoured the school has decided to donate all the proceeds from this event to the foundation.

“Somebody who left the school that long ago and is still a part of the school community, shows the impacts he had,” commented Tony.

Schnell, who was the principal when Thaddeus attended the school, remembers the kind of person he was.

“He touched all of our lives. I can honestly say we’re all better for knowing Thad, because he was unique, artistic and a do no harm kind of guy,” said Schnell.

Source: The Leduc Rep

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