Lincoln High School staying on to celebrate their going away party

By Don Redmond

Published on May 4, 2022 at 2:09 p.m.

Lincoln’s Beamsville District High School is in a unique position, as is nearby Grimsby High School.

For both schools, this month of June will mark the final graduation class for both schools, as next year all remaining and new students will officially attend West Niagara High School.

The only problem? West Niagara High School, although under construction, is not yet built and will certainly not be ready for September.

So while classes will remain at Beamsville and Grimsby locations, everyone under the roof will be made up of students, teachers and support staff from West Niagara High School.

There have been so many delays in the construction of the new high school that the Lincoln City Council was set to purchase the Beamsville District High School for city use eight months ago. Of course, this idea remains unresolved.

Knowing that the name outside the school will mean nothing after June, the Beamsville District High School Celebration Committee decided to throw a leaving party for the school which technically and physically , is going nowhere.

“As you probably know, this is the final year for Beamsville District High School as we know it, before moving to West Niagara High School,” the committee said.

“While we are excited about our new building and all it will have to offer our students, we thought it would be a shame for the school to close without a proper celebration of the history and achievements that have been carried out at the BDSS.”

On Saturday, May 21, the committee has scheduled two separate ticketed events.

The first is called “Treasure The Memories” Open House Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include:

  • Free event
  • Visit the school, discover the classrooms, the shops, the old shooting range, etc.
  • Memorabilia from the late 1800s will be on display in the 3rd wing gymnasium
  • Alumni Band will play from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the small gymnasium
  • Yearbooks of various previous years for sale
  • Raffle and silent auction for items donated by community members, with proceeds going towards the construction of the West Niagara High School Theater
  • Light refreshments and snacks will be available

The second is a much more adult-themed “Buccaneers Bash” celebration that takes place at the Fleming Center Arena (5020 Serena Dr) from 6-10 p.m. and is highlighted by:

  • $25 per person – click on the link below to purchase your ticket. These tickets are selling out fast, so order now to ensure you can attend this nostalgic event. After May 20, tickets may be available at the front door if we are not full.
  • Light refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase
  • Food will be available at a moderate price
  • Live music featuring local pop music artist Riley Michaels, country/folk music artist and BDSS alumnus Mike Lynch and rock band Mean Bones with BDSS alumni Piero Izzo.
  • 50/50 draw
  • Mix, mingle and reconnect
  • photo booth
  • This event will serve as a fundraiser for the construction of the West Niagara Secondary School Theatre.

However, the committee added: “There are volunteer opportunities for our students and for members of our community as well. We need volunteers to help with tours, raffles, food service and beverage service. We are also looking for Smart Serve certified volunteers for the evening to serve drinks.

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