The flowers, candles, and chalk messages left of the steps of Nelson Mandela Park Public School remind you of the loss, but the mood inside the school was one of celebration.
The rumble and roll of drums and song echoed through the hallways on Friday morning, as most of the Regent Park school's 400 students gathered for an assembly to pay tribute to the man whose name hangs above the front door.
The vast majority of children in the gymnasium had not been born when Mandela made his last visit to Toronto in 2001 but the students, most aged 5 - 11, are very aware of the ex-South African president's story of struggle and fight for equality for the country's non-white population.
Several staff members and students addressed the assembly, pledging to carry on Mandela's spirit of compassion and social justice.
One Grade 4 student named Sabrina promised that Mandela would always be an important part of her school.
Mandela passed away at his home in South Africa on Thursday.
He was 95 years old.