With this the last week of school and many of us thinking back to our GB days, we launch our new Alumni-initiated memorial endowment fund series. If you’re like many of us and feel it’s time to “give back”, this is another way that we GB Alumni can do exactly that.
We’re starting with four endowment funds named after some of our most cherished teachers, with more to come. The first four endowments are (in alphabetical order):
* The Bert Brady Memorial GB Alumni Endowment (Science & Technology)
* The Therese Coyle Memorial GB Alumni Endowment (Language & Multiculturalism)
* The Mike Gaston Memorial GB Alumni Endowment (Student & Community Engagement/School Spirit)
* The Richard Seaborn Memorial GB Alumni Endowment (Music & Fine Arts)
All GB alumni are invited to donate any amount any time to the endowment(s) of their choosing, with tax receipts issued by the school division. Funds are for GB to use as it wishes, with minimal guidance from us, for student and staff projects and activities where the school budget’s insufficient or unavailable. Each endowment has a general theme, closely matched with the teacher we’re remembering.
Do your part and support one or more of the endowments. For more information, visit our info page. And spread the word to other GB Alumni!
What better way to motivate fellow GB alumni to pitch in and help out the ‘ol school than to start an intramural competition!
Every year until the Centennial in 2026, we’ll be holding 5k “races”, where we’ll be encouraging each grad class to raise $5,000 ($5k) over that year. We’ll try to update the “race” on this website and our Facebook page. The first classes to cross the “finish line” will be recognized at the Re-Connect event.
Some ideas for donations and how to get them to GB can be found here.
So remember when you make a donation to GB, indicate your class year so that your class’ total will be updated.
GB Alumni … Get ready … Set … Go!!!
In addition to the Lunchroom, we’ve booked several classrooms in the hallway by the Lunchroom for possible break-out sessions. These sessions might give us the opportunity to reminisce about different activities, classes, teachers, etc.
Some ideas include:
– Memories of some of our favorite teachers
– GB Glory Days (Sports)
– GB Glory Days (Academic Competitions) – Reach for the Top/Math Contests/Science Fairs
We’ll also be looking for volunteers to chair/co-chair sessions, take notes (for subsequent editing/sharing on our website, FB, etc).
Good news, the GB t-shirts and hoodies have arrived! If you ordered one (or more), you’ve probably been contacted by GB’s principal that you can pick them up at the school. GB ordered a few extras, so if you didn’t get a chance to order one at our Alumni Re-Connect, you can contact the school to buy one. T’s are $15, hoodies $25. Wear your purple & gold with pride!
Some of you have asked about dress code for Saturday — not to worry, there ain’t none!
Come as you are, feel free to wear what you’d normally wear on a Saturday – jeans, t-shirt, khakis, shorts, sports jacket, dress, runners, … whatever you’d like.
If you’ve got an old GB t-shirt or jersey, probably a little snug (!), please wear it! Or a t-shirt about something you’ve been involved with, place you’ve visited, or passion you’ve developed since or during your GB days. The weather forecast looks good, so we’ll get a chance to walk on and around the Greenspace field, so wear comfy shoes/runners.
And the person with the most Purple and Gold will win a GB Panther Power badge!!!
Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!
Here’s another door prize we’ll be giving away — “Gordon Bell Panther Power” badges! Courtesy of the school, we’ve got a few of ’em for May 7. We’ll also award 2 or 3 to the folks who’ve done the best job recruiting classmates to our Re-Connect (not too late to be one of those “top recruiters”)!