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Video series dives into history of Grande Prairie education

Two retired school teachers are exploring Grande Prairie’s history in a new video series. Linda Schofield and Beth Goldie host “A Grande Education,” a 10-episode series looking at stories from an archival book about one-room schoolhouses in the region, with these stories being read by seniors from the Grande Prairie community.

The pair’s objective with the series was to preserve the Grande Prairie region’s history while also making access to the stories of the community easier for everyone. Each episode has stories from a different one-room schoolhouse, including Wapiti School, Five Mile School and McHenry School. The series also looks at the Town of Grande Prairie’s role in the closures of one-room schools and how over the past 110 years schooling has changed in the area.

Through TELUS STORYHIVE, Schofield and Goldie received $10,000 in funding for production. Along with the money, through the program, the pair also received training and support, and their series is being distributed on TELUS Optik T.V. “A Grande Education” is one of 88 new series from B.C. and Alberta that is supported through the program.

The full series can be found on the TELUS STORYHIVE Youtube channel.

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