Long-time teacher honoured

Upper Sumas elementary teacher Garry Klassen participates in play

Garry Klassen participates in the school’s production of The North Pole Musical on Dec. 9.

Garry Klassen participates in the school’s production of The North Pole Musical on Dec. 9.

The students and staff of Upper Sumas elementary honoured long-time teacher Garry Klassen by writing a special part for him in their recent production of The North Pole Musical.

Klassen, who has spent 33 years at the school, has assisted with their Christmas concerts every year. During the production on Dec. 9, Klassen played the uncle and, as part of the musical, presented the little girl at the centre of the story with a nutcracker.

This is Klassen’s retirement year, and the community showed its gratitude to him following the play.

“The school and community thank Garry Klassen for his dedication to families and children as an educator and making a positive difference in the lives of many,” said principal Darlene MacDonald.