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MONTREAL, MAY 18, 2016 – Similar to their high school peers, students at Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve recently embarked on their own Spirit Quest, allowing them to get in touch with their inner selves.

Organized by Spiritual and Community Animator Rocco Speranza, the spiritual journey took them through their school community and neighbourhood, allowing them to interact with local citizens, visit local green spaces and parks, honour fallen veterans and visit community groups and organizations whom aid those in need.

Along the way, students also emphasized their dedication to their environment by picking up trash and litter as well as by distributing plants to individuals and organizations.

“In this era of extreme stimulation of every kind it is important that we help our students to stop, reflect and recognize what is truly important in their lives and the lives of others and how to bring out the best in themselves and in others,” said Speranza. “It is important to continue building on the positive relationships and projects that the school has established with its community partners located within the community.”

The Edward Murphy Spirit Quest began with an opening ceremony at the school with honoured guests Chief Top Leaf and Socio Community Police Officer Benoit Joly. Closing ceremonies took place at Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Mercier City Hall with host and borough Mayor Réal Ménard.

“This spiritual journey allowed them to create experiences that will aid them in developing the positive virtues and character traits that they have been learning,” added Speranza.

A special thank you to SPVM PDQ 48 Chief, Pierre Landry, his officers and Socio Community Officer Benoit Joly. Thank you to the STM inspectors who guided us, Metro Plus Domaine, Le Gemo, Frank Fleuriste, The Knights Of Columbus Anjou Council 5321, Montreal City Langelier Library, the Canadian Forces, Principal Franca Cristiano and the staff of Edward Murphy School, Mayor Réal Ménard and his staff, and Chief Top Leaf for making this event memorable, successful and spiritual for our students.

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