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  • Hunter Cresswell

St. Mike’s deserves more classrooms

The urban high school I attended didn’t even let students walk to the Quizno’s across the street during lunch, let alone walk to the municipal wharf to learn how to catch fish beneath the ice like St. Michael’s High School students did in late February.

For a small, rural high school, St. Mike’s in Low delivers a stellar experience to students.

Loyal readers may have noticed that the front pages of the past two issues have been graced with photos from St. Mike’s.

St. Mike’s offers small class sizes and activities throughout the year that are uniquely “Low.” These include ice fishing field trips, a partnership between the carpentry class and a local business, a yearly river cleanup, camping trips, and more.

I recognize how great St. Mike’s is, even if the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec doesn’t seem to. In 2021 the WQSB requested five more classrooms for St. Mike’s, but the province denied the request, saying there was a “real need” for the expansion but it wasn’t a high priority.

Another piece of the puzzle that makes St. Mike’s such a great school is the story of how it remains open.

Over the decades, the school has come to the brink of closure several times due to low enrollment. Each time the community of Low rallied together – as it has done numerous times before for different causes – and made sure the school remained a fixture of the village.

Student population is on the rise now and the days of looming closure are behind the school. Less than 100 students attended St. Mike’s during the 2016/17 school year; there