Friends of Morrin School asks for village help with new facility

Written by Stu Salkeld

An organization raising funds for a new school in the Village of Morrin asked councillors for their help at the regular meeting of council Aug. 19.

The Friends of Morrin School, represented by Julie Robison, requested the village help them in their project to help fund a new school in Morrin. 

The campaign to raise funds for the new school has been going quite well despite roadblocks like the coronavirus pandemic she noted.

Robison made her presentation to council through teleconference due to pandemic guidelines.

She provided councillors with copies of the report and a video presentation and noted the drive to build a new school included ensuring the village’s sustainability in the future.

Robison noted a few years ago an inspection was conducted on Morrin school and a decision was made that the best option was a new school, as modernization would be more expensive than a new building.

Not long later, the provincial government placed a new Morrin facility on a project list and community members decided to get involved.

Fundraising for the new school started in spring, 2019. 

They gathered information from stakeholders on what the new school should feature. 

Robison stated three priorities came to the forefront, including engaging the community, inspiring learning and literacy and promoting inclusivity.

Since fundraising began, Robison noted the campaign has raised over $400,000 for the new facility. 

“So, a lot of work has gone into it,” said Robison.

She said they realize the coronavirus pandemic affects things like fundraising, so plans focussed on things that didn’t require in-person attendance, like an online raffle.

However, plans for events at the Morrin homecoming had to be shelved.

Robison stated the group requested help from the village and would like to see a donation of $50,000.

Coun. Melissa Wilton noted Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) monies may be available for this project.

Robison responded that the Village of Delia landed a $100,000 grant they then donated to the new school campaign.

Mayor Howard Helton stated the village was aware of the new school campaign and has already placed it on an unofficial “strategic plan” list. 

He said the village was in the process of applying for various grants as well.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.