Official Ribbon-Cutting of the ‘Alex Spurgeon Memorial Gagaball Pit’

Panthers Remember One Of Their Own – Photo L-R: Bruce Peninsula District School Vice Principal Matt Pickett, Learning Resource Teacher Ashley Earle, Alex Spurgeon’s mother Courtney, brother Carson and father Matt, Grade 8 teacher Melissa Rosenberg, and Principal Brenda Brewer at the official ribbon cutting of the ‘Alex Spurgeon Memorial Gagaball Pit’, located on the BPDS playground.
Submitted by Emily Cameron, Bruce Peninsula District School

On Wednesday October 25, Bruce Peninsula District School (BPDS) staff and students gathered with members of the Spurgeon family to celebrate the life of Alex Spurgeon, who left us too soon. We gathered to hold an official ribbon-cutting of the ‘Alex Spurgeon Memorial Gagaball Pit’ now featured on the BPDS playground. 

The ceremony was a celebration of our dear friend and forever Panther, who was remembered for his zest for life. Students, staff, and family shared favourite stories and memories, followed by an official ribbon cutting by Alex’s brother Carson, and parents Matt and Courtney. The grade eight class – Alex’s class – then played a game in his honour. 

Funds were raised through a school clothing order, where staff, students and community members raised enough money to put towards this project. When deciding what to build in honour of Alex, staff and students knew it had to be some sort of outdoor activity. Alex was known for his love of outdoor games and would always be found playing a game of Four Square. Melissa Rosenberg said, “With Gagaball being a new sport circulating playgrounds across the district, we just knew this would be something that Alex would have loved. Every time we play a game, he will be here with us in spirit. Thanks to everyone that made this project possible.”