A new project in the Goodland area is looking to preserve a bit of that community’s history by placing a cairn at its former community school. The first Goodland school building was constructed and opened for classes in January of 1900. Grace H. Hamilton was the first teacher at the school and, in its first year, the school was open an ambitious 122 days of a possible 121. Hamilton’s salary that year was $384. The first class was 11 boys and eight girls aged five to 15 years and included Walter Carleton; Annie and Maggie Clark; Robert Gebler; Clara, Ella and Frithiof Langseth; lorne and Roy McFadden; Alfred, Clara, George, Jacob, Lily and Louise Pocket; Janet Stewart; Arthur, Joseph and Robert Wilson. In 1930 a new school was built, which is the same school still standing in the community today. It was remodelled in 1939 and had its doors closed in 1961, with students being bussed to Glenella School at that time. Members of the Goodland Cairn Project are now hoping to preserve that piece of the community’s history by fundraising and erecting a cairn near the school. “The Goodland cairn is about coming back to my roots and about fellowship with former students and teachers I have not seen in 50 years,” project supporter Arnie Zieroth said. “Most of all for me, it’s about our forefathers and mothers that came to this community with little or nothing, cleared the land, and carved out a living mostly through farming. “It was most important for them to send us to school to get a better education than they had in order for their children to be able to go into the outside world to be successful.” Another strong supporter of the project, Ada Gardiner, noted placing a cairn at the site of the school has the same meaning for her as a headstone to mark a grave of a loved one does. Hans Juskowiak added the Goodland project is not only a piece of history, but also an important part of leaving something for future generations to know where their roots are. As a result, members of the Goodland Cairn Project are beginning to fundraise to support the purchase and erection of a cairn at the school. “We are looking for financial support from anyone who attended Goodland School, who may have had a parent, grandparent or relatives attend the school, or any individual who believes in preserving a bit of local history,” Gardiner explained. Anyone interested in supporting or finding out more information about the project can call Ada at 204-476-3993 or send donations to Goodland Cairn Project, Box 113, Glenella, MB, R0J 0V0.