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The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society  Exploring the Lighthouse

                                                    Sooke Elementary School

                                                                           Division 1

                                                  “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
                                                        The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
                                                                         ~ Albert Einstein

                   hildren today have a greater range of opportunities open to them than  historians.  It’s not just about dates and obscure locations, nor is it just
               Cat any time in recent history, and greater freedoms than ever before.    about great battles, world-shaking events, the comings and goings of kings
                Thriving in this chaotic environment requires an ability for all children to   and queens and presidents.   It’s also about the lives of the people who
                be able to find a strong foundation from which they can build their lives,   lived here before, their struggles and triumphs, their thoughts and ideas
 In 2003, the Government of Canada declared that Sheringham Point Lighthouse was no longer needed to ensure maritime safety.  Advances   achieve their full potential and realize their dreams.  that nurtured their families, built their communities and shaped their
 in technolgoy meant that the Lighthouse was to be discarded – torn down, sold off for other uses or, simply, left to rot and eventually to fall   world.  It’s about the stories our grandfathers told us, and those from our
 apart.         For most of us, that foundation starts with the family, and extends out-  neighbours.  We all have stories in our lives and they are, in their way, as
                ward into the community. Just as a tree needs deep roots to grow tall and   full of drama and intrigue as any of the great sagas of our history classes.
 In response, a small group of neighbours gathered to form the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.  They were determined   strong, so does a child draw nourishment and vitality from his or her own   It is our stories that shape us, that make us who we are.
 that the Lighthouse, which had stood for 100 years as a symbol of their community, would not be lost.  For the next twelve years, the So-  roots, from the comfort of belonging, from having a place to call home.
 ciety’s volunteers worked extremely hard to fight for the lighthouse’s protection, doing everything they could to raise awareness about the   Our history – our heritage – is best lived and experienced, understood
 threat to the Lighthouse.  They rallied their community, local businesses and other groups, lobbied and strategized with all levels of govern-  Understanding and, in particular, experiencing their own connections to   through the things we can touch and feel, and passed on in a way that
 ment, raised funds and, eventually, put forward a plan to take on the responsibility to care for the Lighthouse themselves.  the people and places around them is invaluable for children in so many   touches our hearts and our imaginations.  It’s why we need to work hard to
                ways.  Learning about their own and their community’s history provides a   conserve and appreciate our heritage, not just the castles and stately man-
 In 2015, the Society’s efforts were successful.  The government agreed to transfer the property to the Society and also, at the same time, they   base from which they can explore their world and help them answer that   sions, but the cottages and the old lighthouses as well.  Those remnants of
 officially designated Sheringham Point Lighthouse a “Canadian Heritage Lighthouse”.  As the new owners and stewards the Society worked   most fundamental of questions:  “how did this come to be?”  our past have stories to tell.
 for the next three years to restore the Lighthouse to its former glory, and to make sure it will always be accessible for the public to enjoy and
 appreciate. The Lighthouse is now protected and is open to the public as a community park.  Our history – our heritage – is not just an academic pursuit to be left to   To help children in the local area strengthen their connections to their

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