Montgomery connection to the Creemore school bell

 In Community

After attending the bell ceremony at the Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School, it gently reminded me of some heritage. The Montgomery family are long time residents in the village of Creemore and have a long-standing connection with the school sites. My father Tom Montgomery went to school at the ‘old’ continuation school as well as myself and three sisters, and my daughter Kaitlyn.
My father then landed a job as the custodian, which ended up becoming 25 years in Creemore. As Creemore’s population started to grow, which found the need for a new school, The Montgomery Family was approached to sell the corner property of Collingwood Street and County Road 9, for a new school. Then a search for another custodian – my mom June was hired. During those years us girls did little jobs around the school to help our parents and earn an allowance. My sister Barb then started her teaching career in Creemore (now retired), and we now have two more members working at the school, myself as an Educational Assistant (EA), and my daughter a teacher.
The school Community influenced not just us, but as well my two other sisters; Jane Anderson who is a secretary at New Lowell Public School and Marg Greer at Clearview and a nephew, David Anderson who is also a teacher with Simcoe County District School Board.
I guess you could say that school is in our blood.
Merle MacDonald (Montgomery),
Creemore.

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