Retired teacher Darryl Smolik took to the popular Facebook page for Nakusp, the Nakusp Communicator on September 6 writing,
“I’m a grandmother of four public school children. I will be walking the picket line Tuesday, September 9. If you support public education, why not join me?”
She then made a stack of red apples out of felt for those who attended to wear as a show of support.
A number of Nakusp students and parents showed up throughout the day to rally with the teachers who have been picketing since the last week of August.
Lucy Ponto, whose mother is a Teacher on Call (formerly substitute teacher) came along because she wants to be back in the classroom with her friends.
Smolik was there, wearing a sign of her own which read “I support our teachers” accompanied by a large, red apple.
“I am a retired teacher, I have four grandchildren and I want them to graduate,” she said as to why it was important for her to be there on the picket line.