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Port Coquitlam school honours its heritage

Kwayhquitlum middle school holds a 21st anniversary celebration
Kway celebration
Kwayhquitlum middle school in Port Coquitlam celebrated its 21st anniversary Wednesday with songs, drumming, poems and stories. The event included a button blanket dedication and a flash mob while longtime teachers and a former principal presented inspiring messages to students.

Kwayhquitlum middle school in Port Coquitlam held an afternoon ceremony to mark its 21st anniversary Wednesday, bringing together students, former principals and current teachers together for a fun event.

In addition to speeches, students participated in musical performances, took part in a flash mob and heard about their school's history.

The school opened in 1994 and the name was given to the school with the permission of the local Kwikwetlem band. Since the school was named however, pronunciation and spellings for the First Nations group have changed but the school continues to honour its heritage with Coast Salish art and performances.

The event also included a traditional button blanket dedication.