Planning is underway for the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson High School events on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2018. Events are planned for students, alumni and staff, both past and present, to celebrate the school's 42-year history. Lester B. Pearson HS will close at the end of June 2018, with students moving to nearby M.M. Robinson HS.
The events will be held at Lester B. Pearson High School (1433 Headon Rd, Burlington). The two-day celebration will include activities to recognize and honour accomplishments of students, staff and the wider Pearson community over the decades. Current and former students and staff are encouraged to attend the events to see the school and reacquaint with teachers and classmates.
Friday, June 1, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. - Patriot Games, Food Trucks and Pep Rally
The event on Friday will be the Patriot Generations Sports Tournament where generations of Pearson students and staff will play and cheer on games such as touch football, soccer, volleyball and more. Food Trucks at the event will include Born2eat, 50 Pesos, Southern Smoke, Pappas Greek, and more. A Pep Rally led by the world-renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band will kickoff the tournament at 6 p.m., followed by closing ceremonies at 9 p.m. on the Lester B. Pearson HS track field. An after-party will be held at Jersey's Bar and Grill (1450 Headon Rd, Burlington) where the band “The Reynolds" will perform.
Saturday, June 2, 2018, starting at 2 p.m. - Open House, Closing Ceremony and Relay
Saturday's activities will include tours of the school along with a “Decades Showcase" in the library where Pearson memorabilia and artifacts will be displayed, representing more than four decades of school history. Refreshments will be available. The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. with special guests including Lester B. Pearson's granddaughter - Canadian writer and journalist Patricia Pearson, and founding principal David Katz. Lester B. Pearson HS alumni and renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer will sing O Canada. Generations of students and staff will speak about their time at the school and a band and choir made up of Pearson alumni will perform. A relay will be held along Upper Middle Road to move Pearson memorabilia to its new home at M.M. Robinson HS.
For those interested in attending, volunteering, or participating in the activities at the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson High School events, including the sports tournament, choir or band, please visit www.celebrateLBP.com to sign-up as soon as possible.
To keep the school's history alive, an Artifacts and Memorabilia subcommittee consisting of students, staff, alumni, and staff from Museums of Burlington have spent the last six months cataloguing more than 700 items of historical significance. Numerous items will be placed at M.M. Robinson HS, where current Pearson students will transition to in September 2018. To provide an opportunity for students, staff and the community to have a piece of the school, an Artifacts and Memorabilia website has been created. To keep a piece of Pearson's history, please visit: https://sites.google.com/hdsb.ca/lesterbpearsonartifacts/home.
Lester B. Pearson HS spirit wear is available for purchase at https://www.tategear.com/lbppatriots/. Orders placed before May 1 can be picked up at the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson HS events on June 1 and 2.
To learn more about the celebration activities, visit www.CelebrateLBP.com or email celebrateLBP@hdsb.ca. For event updates, follow the Celebrate Lester B. Pearson High School Facebook page and @CelebrateLBP on Twitter.
The Pearson community, past and present, is encouraged to share their favourite Lester B. Pearson HS memories, photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #CelebrateLBP.
For more information, contact:
Loraine Fedurco, Principal
Lester B. Pearson High School