History of the APPLE Program:
The interest of extending parent participation into the elementary school began in the spring of 1982 when Mary and Peter White formed a group of London parents who spent time researching the topic. This group formulated a proposal which was presented to the London Board of Education in February 1983. The trustees accepted the proposal and plans began to open a parent participating alternative program in September 1983. After numerous hurdles, including staffing and enrolment issues, the APPLE Program officially opened its doors in September 1985 at Brick Street Public School. The first APPLE class was taught by Penny Hanford and there were 24 students representing 19 families. The constitution for the APPLE Program was formally adopted in November 1985 and the first election of officers for the parent committee occurred in December 1985.