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PHILIP E. LAYTON SCHOOL OFFICIALLY INAUGURATES NEW NDG HOME

MONTREAL, JUNE 4, 2015 Philip E. Layton School officially inaugurated its new home at 3500 Decarie Boulevard in NDG recently, having moved at the start of the academic year from its longtime base at the Montreal Association of the Blind (MAB) on Sherbrooke Street West.

The  inauguration also served as an opportunity to celebrate the school’s  103rd anniversary. A video presentation brought to light the years of education and dedication that Philip E Layton School has offered the blind, visually impaired and multi-handicapped students of the English community of Montreal and the province.  Principal Patrizia Ciccarelli, school personnel and students were joined by Interim Director General Angelo Marino, Deputy Director General, Roma Medwid, Commissioner   Joseph Lalla, Parent Commissioner  Joanne Charron, parents and alumni to help mark this special occasion.
Following the video presentation guests were invited to visit classrooms and take part in lessons that take place during a typical day at Philip E Layton School. The significance of the movement resource program was a focal point during an educational exercise activity involving the guests. Music circle proved its point by being powerful and engaging. Other demonstrations revealed the students’ academic abilities by learning about fossils and Mad Libs! 
A ribbon cutting ceremony officially declared Philip E. Layton School open at its new location, followed by a luncheon that brought together the entire school community. “These very special students finally have a place to call home,” commented teacher Melissa Gentleman.

Philip E. Layton School  now shares premises with the Mackay Centre School,  which educates children with motor, speech or sensorial difficulties. Discussions have been ongoing with the Quebec government about funding for a new facility to house the two schools.

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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
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca