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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 – With a fleet of brand new Buicks ready to roar, General Vanier Elementary School in St. Leonard welcomed 376 drivers in late September to participate in the Buick Canada/Hamel St. Leonard “Drive for Your Students” campaign.

Organized throughout the summer by the school’s parent participation organization (PPO), the premise of the event was simple: the school would receive a $20 donation for each test-drive of a Buick vehicle.

“We had a goal of raising $10,000, which would have meant 500 drivers,” said one of the organizers, Lida Rinaldi. “While 376 people took test-drives, it so happens that the General Motors dealership, Hamel in St. Leonard, was so impressed with our turnout that they surprised us with the extra $2,480 needed to reach our goal.”

While the brand-new Buicks served as the main draws for drivers; Le Doral catering, les Delices Lafrenaie and Thomas Fruits donated food for and Enfant & Cie on Lavoisier provided entertainment to round out the exciting event.

The funds raised will go directly to modernizing the school’s library.

For more information on the Buick Drive for Your Students campaign, please visit:

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