Columbia Park Elementary is under renovations. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

40-year-old treasure map unearthed in Revelstoke school during renovations

‘I hope there won’t be too many holes to fill before school starts’ says Columbia Park principal

Grab a shovel – turns out there might be treasure buried in Revelstoke.

A 40-year-old treasure map was recently unearthed in the walls of a Columbia Park Elementary during renovations.

“It was placed by a clever lad,” said Andy Pfeiffer, school principal.

The map was found stuffed behind a mirror in the boy’s bathroom, hidden for four decades. Apparently, the map leads to $100, written by Grade 4 student Jimmy Greer.

“I have been in this school when it first open in 1976. I was in Grade 2 then now if you look carefully at the map you will find 100 dollars,” reads the map.

It states the treasure is by a big tree near the tire swings, buried roughly one metre to the south.

“Good luck,” it reads.

One snag is the tire swings no longer remain; they were removed roughly 20 years ago.

“It will take some leg work to find this treasure,” said Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer said he’s had a cursory look for the wealth, but found nothing.

Hopefully, there won’t be too many holes to fill from other searchers before school starts, said Pfeiffer.

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Val Bellamy taught Greer in Grade 2 at Columbia Park. She said she remembers him as being a, “very nice little boy.”

“He was very well behaved,” she said.

The school is in the midst of a complete make over. New flooring, walls, ceilings and outside paint job.

READ MORE: Revelstoke school board sets renovation priorities in 2019/20 capital plan

Since there are still some holes to fill from renovations, Pfeiffer said the school might make a time capsule of their own when students return.

“2020 has been a crazy time. I can’t imagine a better year for a time capsule.”

According to the Bank of Canada inflation calculator, $100 in 1980 is equivalent to $310 in 2020.

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