McBride Annex is a K-3 elementary school in the heart of East Vancouver. It is facing closure because of a school board budget shortfall that is the result of underfunding of public education in B.C.
This school is important to the neighbourhood and Vancouver in general for many reasons. Its location in Gray's Park acts as a deterrent to crime in the park and surrounding area. Its small size allows children with sensory challenges to avoid feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated. Its single-level configuration makes it accessible to students of all physical abilities.
Its K-3 student body allows students to build leadership and confidence at a young age, as they quickly progress to being the oldest kids in school. A preschool housed in the building provides ongoing revenue to the school board, and makes for a smooth transition into the public school system for kids who begin kindergarten at the Annex.
Furthermore, the school has had a waitlist for students for the past four years. The demand is there, as is the need.
We, the undersigned, ask the Vancouver School Board to keep McBride Annex open, in light of its value to the community, the waitlist for spaces, and the changing demographics of the neighbourhood that is bursting with young families.
The Save McBride Annex petition to Vancouver School Board was written by Jessica Roy and is in the category Students' Rights at GoPetition.