June 2, 2011 marked a new chapter in the History of Morinville. Public education free of faith-based bias and permeation will be available to the public at large for the first time within the town in September.
I do not know if one can “name” a school consisting of modular classrooms, but I would like to put forward the following idea – In keeping with the trend of naming public buildings and indeed schools after important historical figures of local note, I would be proud to suggest the facility responsible for education free of faith-based bias be named after the woman ultimately responsible for its existence. Without this woman’s dedication and persistence there would be no “public” education free of bias in this town.
I therefore suggest the name – Donna K. Hunter Elementary School.
I would further suggest that when permanent facilities are secured for operation of truly public education representing all, that the name be transferred to the permanent facility.
A local resident, a young mother, and an unwitting champion who took on a battle to ensure public education was available to all the public.
I can think of no other name that would best represent this school to future generations who will benefit from its values. I would indeed be proud to send my children there.