ARMSTRONG - Armstrong grads decided to have a little fun before bidding farewell to their high school.
You may have noticed a post on Kijiji advertising the sale of Pleasant Valley Secondary School, a building boasting more than 30 bedrooms, its own gym, an auditorium and personal staff. Don’t forget the great parking.
No, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. It’s a grad prank.
The other part of the scheme was covering the school with For Sale signs Wednesday, April 9.
One of the students behind the stunt, Clare Agassiz, says it brought the grad class together and created some awesome memories.
“We all worked together to figure out funny things we could do,” she says. “We had fun and everyone who came had a blast.”
There were a few tense moments, however, the night the grads executed the plan.
“We were all running around putting For Sale signs everywhere at 9-9:30 p.m. and two police cars showed up at the school. The two police men had just parked their cruisers in the parking lot and watched us for maybe 30 minutes,” Agassiz says.
They pulled it off, and the prank was well received by school staff.
“I thought they were creative, very respectful and extremely well organized,” principal Abbas El Gazzar says. “It was one of their best kept secrets.”
Not all grad pranks are so... courteous. Some involved cars appearing on school rooftops overnight, turning hallways into giant slip’n’slides, or releasing farm animals into the school. The last one on the list seemed to resonate with the Armstrong grads. They were, after all, brought up in a farming community.
“Asking for 5 chickens and a bucket of healthy manure,” reads the Kijiji ad.
Agassiz received many entertaining responses, including one person who wanted to negotiate a better deal (four chickens). Some replies took a more serious tone: “I was wondering why you are selling your school?” asked one individual.
“We chose this prank over others for the same reason the teachers loved it; it was funny, creative, and wouldn't take any money out of our grad funds,” Agassiz says. “The pranks are important because they keep the memory of our class alive at PVSS for years after we leave.”
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