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Chilliwack parents and students rally at MLA's office

Seven-year-old Liam Vargas (left) and five-year-old Luca Vargas duel it out along with other students and teachers in front of Chilliwack MLA John Martin
Seven-year-old Liam Vargas (left) and five-year-old Luca Vargas duel it out along with other students and teachers in front of Chilliwack MLA John Martin's constituency office Friday afternoon.
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Chilliwack parents and students took their turn to rally in front of Chilliwack MLA John Martin's constituency office Friday afternoon.

"Both sides are too blame, both sides have good points," parent Christa Petty told the Times. "We teach our kids to get along. They are not a good example."

The group of 30-or-so parents and students held signs that said things like, "Education provides opportunities" and "Save my future."

Six-year-old Nico Kay had a sign around his neck that said "Fight for my teacher and my education."

Young jedis Liam Vargas, seven, and brother Luca Vargas, five, clashed with toy light sabres after their mother, Molly Armstrong-Vargas, tried to meet with Martin who was not in his office.

Those rallying with signs said they were not taking sides as they were caught in the middle, however, the group certainly tended to be more supportive of the teachers.

Petty said her daughter has worked all year to achieve academic and sports awards, none of which she will get to receive because of the job action.

Armstrong-Vargas said current class conditions need to be remedied for the future.

She said even in Yarrow, which she estimates is better off than many schools, classes are too large and teacher's are overwhelmed by students who require special attention.

While Armstrong-Vargas wasn't able to meet with Martin, she and other parents said they would like to make an appointment with him to tell him to stand up for his constituents even if that meant standing against his own party.

The BCTF issued 72-hour strike notice this week and will hold study session Monday followed by the full walkout Tuesday.

Because of Friday's rotating job action in the Chilliwack school district, Thursday was the last day of school for the year unless a strike can be avoided over the weekend.

 

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