Landmark East School begins new building campaign

Published on February 8, 2017

The school community at Landmark East in Wolfville recently celebrated a big cheque from the Mudcreek Rotary Club to launch new building campaign..

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WOLFVILLE NS – Headmaster Peter Coll took visitors to the window and pointed north and east toward a parking area.


Some day soon a new $2.4 million learning centre will be going up on the Landmark East School in Wolfville.

The school, which works with those who have severe learning challenges, just received $250,000 from the Mudcreek Rotary Club to start its Building on Success Capital Campaign.


Jan Savage, who chairs the board, called the contribution from the Mudcreek Rotarians, a wonderful help.


The new building, which will create a quadrangle behind the Johnson Academic Centre, will feature a gymnasium, creative makery space, cafetorium and kitchen.


Capital campaign chair Henry Hicks told those assembled that the new centre is needed due to a steady growth in enrolment.


“As a former parent, I’ve always loved this school for what it’s able to do for kids,” he said. “It’s saved a lot of kids’ lives.”


Landmark East headmaster Peter Coll speaks while Mudcreek Rotary Club president Barry Leslie listens intently.

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Coll said wrestling is very popular at Landmark East and the school has never had gymnasium space. He added that the Spark program has a central role as well, however, he pledged that, “the community can use when we don’t need it.”

The cafetorium will allow for an improved performing arts program, Coll said, and will reduce the need to carry trays up two flights of stairs, while the maker space will build risk taking and problem solving capabilities in students.

Mudcreek Rotary Club president Barry Leslie, himself a retired teacher, said the club appreciates the role the school plays in the area and its growth is progressive.

Leslie suggested the school has the potential to build new partnerships with Acadia University, the business community, and service groups while promoting new initiatives.

Two fathers, representing the school’s original directors, Ken Mounce and Bill Mason, were on hand for the launch.

Founded in 1979, the independent boarding and day school has over 70 students coming from as far away as Metro Halifax, Northwest Territories and Japan.