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Letter: There is no need to change CVDCS mascot, alum says

‘We (Flyers) have always been proud of our ability to be resilient and serve the needs of our community. There is no need for a name change’
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The Rainbow Board is soliciting a name and mascot change for Chelmsford Valley District Composite School as the school will now have K to 12 students. This is not a new beginning, but the continuation of a legacy. 

This school was founded as a "composite" school encompassing the amalgamation of English and French cultures in our community. We served as a technical trades school along with arts and science, and a business curriculum as well. We partnered with Rayside High School in their early years as we shared our school with them and went on shifts. 

We welcomed the Grade 7 and 8 students from the Senior Public School when it was deemed an appropriate time for them to move into our established dwelling of education. We also welcomed an addition to our school with the building of the École publique Pavillon-de-l’Avenir, once again showing our sense of community. 

Now we can welcome an entire new generation of students who can identify with an established historic community school with a legacy of cooperation and community pride. The current mascot — a pegasus, the winged horse out of Greek mythology — can be adapted to all age groups and can serve as our icon for all our school teams regardless of their age. 

We (Flyers) have always been proud of our ability to be resilient and serve the needs of our community. There is no need for a name change. We need to recognize our always evolving school as a legacy that the new generation will be proud to attend as did their mothers and fathers before them. 

They can identify with a school that has endured good times as well as hard times. Many other schools have come and gone, but CVDCS has persevered and so should its name as a true community school. 

Just think of this, a K to 12 school with bilingual programs and an attached French public school all on the same site, sharing resources. Why would we want to change our history of being a truly "composite" school.

Calling all Flyers to preserve our heritage. CVDCS "The Spirit Lives On".

Greg Predon, Proud Alumni  




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