Parents Got Schools Started
After reading newspapers, diaries, and other historical records, researcher Catherine C. Cole wrote, "Rural schools in B.C. developed as a result of local initiative. Parents and community leaders lobbied the government for financial assistance to establish and maintain schools. The Compulsory Attendance Act required `a monthly enrollment of at least 10 and an average attendance of 8 was mandatory to avoid closure,' according to the Public Schools Report, Inspectorate No.5, 1911."
The first school opened in South Fort George in 1910. There were 24 students, nine white and 15 aboriginal heritage. In 1911, the school became part of became part of a regularly organized school district.
Some of the students had spoken very little English before attending school.