As a gift of remembrance to staff at the school, they were each presented with a plaque honouring the years the school was open from 1958 to 2016.
But these weren’t just any plaques.
The wooden mounts of the plaques were made from an old desk belonging to former Arcadia Consolidated School teacher Murray Clamp, who had been a fixture at the school for decades prior to his retirement and later his death in 2006.
Clamp’s desk had been purchased by Arcadia School teacher Bruce Hobbs.
“It’s been in my barn for 10 years. I kind of had this idea, ‘What am I going to do with it?’” he says.
The desk was really too large for his home, and then he came up with the idea of turning this desk – this school artifact – into a memorable keepsake of another kind.
Hobbs had the top of the desk cut up into the plaques, and then did the sanding, staining, varnishing and mounting. He received help with the pewter medallion design from his daughter Sarah Hobbs, a former Arcadia Consolidated School student.
He also had the backing and blessing of principal Burns Thompson and vice-principal Larry Fitzgerald for this initiative.
“The project was more about the school itself and also my colleagues. I felt that it was a great opportunity to recognize the impact the school had on the community over the years, but more importantly that of my colleagues, past and present,” Hobbs explains, getting very emotional as he…
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