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A librarian files a library card at Warnica Public School on Warnica Road. 2016-09-05T15:47:55+00:00
Students play outside amongst snow sculptures at Codrington Public School. 2017-02-06T14:52:57+00:00
East Ward Public School or King George School located on Blake Street where the Parkview Centre now stands. 2016-12-18T12:44:13+00:00
Students listen to educational material on a reel-to-reel tape machine at Warnica Public School on Warnica Road. 2016-09-05T15:47:54+00:00
Exterior of Steele Street Public School. 2017-02-08T13:55:09+00:00
Mr. Rick Green’s Grade 7 Class at King Edward School. 2016-06-12T03:15:03+00:00
Pet Show in Ms. Goodfellow’s (Baker) class at 13A Innisfil Huronia Public School (8). 2016-09-05T16:20:49+00:00
Students in Ms. Goodfellow’s (Baker) class at 13A Innisfil Huronia Public School pose for a picture. 2016-09-05T16:29:05+00:00
Winter fun at Warnica Public School. 2016-12-18T13:00:25+00:00
A Codrington Public School class 2016-04-23T09:40:35+00:00
Pet Show in Ms. Goodfellow’s (Baker) class at 13A Innisfil Huronia Public School (6). 2016-09-05T16:14:52+00:00
Portable classroom near the back of Codrington Public School. 2016-06-17T13:30:30+00:00


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