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March 16, 2014

Sharing Memories Week 11: Grades 7 & 8

Lord Elgin Public School
Sharing Memories is a series of weekly prompts to help all genealogists (including me!) with writing up memories of our ancestors and our childhood. 

We all love to find a diary or letters written by great grandma or grandpa where they talk about their lives and share their memories. Think how excited one of your descendants will be to read about your memories and your stories! These stories will be lost after a few generations unless we preserve them. And what better way than in a weekly themed post. 

At the end of the year you will have 52 stories written about your childhood, your parents, grandparents and who knows what else.Today's prompt is to write your memories of Grades 7 and 8.
For me, Grade 7 was a huge change. My old school, Lord Elgin, only went to Grade 6. So for Grade 7 all the kids in the "old area" and the "new area" of my town went to St. Andrew's. That was a scary but exciting event as previously only the "old area" kids attended Lord Elgin while those on the "good" side  of the railway tracks (and Highway 401) went to a different school. 

I don't remember too much about Grade 7 or 8 except I was in the choir and also in a Triple Trio. There was one other Triple Trio of girls with very strong voices while my Triple Trio had softer ones. Our teacher was young and inexperienced while the stronger voiced girls had a woman who'd been teaching music forever! We were both in a province-wide competition, and the strong-voiced girls were favoured to win. 

It was exciting to travel to Peterborough the night of the finals! We sang "Little Lamb Who Made Thee" - so weird that I remember the song so well. Anyway in a surprise turnaround, my Triple Trio won! Yep we came first place - and it was an amazing feeling.

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