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History | 75 Anniversary

"Bilingual ability is a definite advantage for intellectual development, and the appreciation of different cultural systems builds a sound ability to differentiate, as well as a deeper understanding of one's own heritage."

It all started with the initiative carried out by Stanislaw Walczak, who in 1927 started something that has been continued until this day. He organized a Polish youth group with over 50 members who had an interest in learning the Polish language. In 1920 in London, Ontario the Polish Brothers Association (now PSN) started up a library for Polish youth. As the Polish school grew, classes were held 4 times a week from 7-10 pm. Since that time, the first School Board was made up of K.Poliszak, W.Lasek, M.Bielecki. The school was moved to a real Elementary School (St.John School) under the direction of the Bishop. For all their time and efforts the patrons of the Board were unpaid. The Polish language, culture, dance, history, and literature were taught. Polish youth was also involved in performing at different ethnic festivals and functions.

It is necessary to mention that since the beginning the school was given financial and moral support from Polish Combatans' Association and Polish National Alliance.

The history of our school was created by such names like; Moczulski, Bladkowa, Jakubiak, Graban, Domin, Jedrzejewska, Toll, Balicki, Pokusa, Teper and others. The Parents Association has given their time and efforts without which the growth of the school would not prosper well. The close cooperation with the parents of our pupils guarantees commonly-supported educational direction. This great number of parents and their help has helped create the roots of the Polish School which at the present has almost 500 students and is supposedly the largest heritage school of its kind in the world. Starting with kindergarten, pupils at the school become familliar with two different languages and cultures. Bilingual ability is a definite advantage for intellectual development, and the appreciation of different cultural systems builds a sound ability to differentiate, as well as a deeper understanding of one's own heritage.

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