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MONTREAL, JANUARY 21, 2013 – The  Italian-Community Foundation will present the English Montreal School Board with a donation on Wednesday, January 23 (11 a.m.) at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School (4700 Lavoisier) in St. Léonard to assist pupils who study the Italian language.

Italian is one of the languages taught  as part of the Programme de l’enseignement des langues d’origine (PELO),which aims to improve the students’ knowledge of their heritage language. Italian courses are offered during instructional time for four EMSB elementary schools offering the integrated program: Pierre de Coubertin,  Dante, East Hill   and General Vanier.  PELO classes are also offered in other elementary schools, either during the lunch period or after school  to students from Grades 1 to 6 .

Scheduled to speak will be Italian-Canadian Community Foundation President Carmine D’Argenio, Italy`s Consul General in Montreal Enrico Padula, EMSB Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco and Franca Ciccarelli, a PELO teacher at Pierre de Coubertin.

A media kit will be available as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3 p.m. on the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation website. Please visit for more details.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213