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MONTREAL, JANUARY 6, 2015– A 30 member school choir consisting of students from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount and Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga/Maisonneuve gave back to members of their community by performing at the annual Canadian Forces Holiday Luncheon in December. 

Students performed holiday classics in front of more than 400 Canadian Forces personnel, including veterans from World War II and Afghanistan. 

VMC students Emily Estrela and Gianna Scarapicchia, performed two solo acts (“All I Want  For Christmas is You” and “Last Christmas”) that left the audience cheering.

This year, students also handed out holiday ornaments to the Canadian Forces members as a way to give back and spread kindness. The ornaments given to Canadian Forces members  were some of 2,000 created by students from Edward Murphy School. With the help of parent volunteers and teachers Sandra Tartamella, Renee Deschampes, Anabela Valente, Nay Ir, Samanta Dudok, Fidele Tremblay, Lisa Archambault, Lucia Reali, and Andy Pham, these ornaments and holiday cards were given to seniors, students in other EMSB schools as well as the Canadian Forces.

“You come and sing for us, you bless us with your presence, and then you hand out ornaments to everyone with a card. That is truly the spirit of the holidays thank-you very much,” said one member of the Canadian Forces.

Edward Murphy School has been working together and performing for the Canadian Forces members for the last seven years under the guidance of their Spiritual Care, Community Involvement Animator, Rocco Speranza and teachers Nadia Greco and Sandra Greco. A special thank-you to teachers and student teachers for all their support and tremendous work in preparing the students.

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