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MONTREAL, May 11, 2018 – English Montreal School Board B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare students will be celebrating Daycare Week from May 14 to 18 and beyond with cooking and gardening events across 13 daycares.

Fuelling passion for the environment, food and sustainable food practices in elementary school students is an everyday occurrence in the B.A.S.E. Daycare programming. B.A.S.E. Daycares will be hosting Food Revolution Day inspired celebrations for the third year in a row at three schools (General Vanier, John Caboto Academy and Our Lady of Pompei) as well as a “Garden Blitz” of activities, from seedling sales to planting days, at 10 others.

These celebrations highlight a year of environmental learning as well as the theme of this year’s Daycare Week from the Association québécoise de la garde scolaire (AQGS): “LET’S RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COMPLEMENTARY ROLE OF SCHOOL DAYCARES IN THE SCHOOL TEAM!”

The Food Revolution events will consist of Cooking Club students running various activities for their fellow daycare students. There will be stations for the courageous—a “Blind Taste Test” and a “Whipping Cream Race and Dunk Tank Challenge” —and more culinary and art inspired stations where students can create edible art or build their own meals.

Garden Blitz activities will be hosted by the B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs raising money for their garden programming through Seedling Sales and hosting fun planting day games and activities with fellow students and parents to help get their schoolyard gardens started for the summer. Parents and students can also sign up ( ) to help maintain the gardens in the summertime.

Here is the schedule of activities:

HAMPSTEAD     Mon, May 14, 2018 2:45 - 4:45   Seedling Sale
CORONATION  Tue, May 15, 2018 3:00 - 4:00  Planting Day & Games
OUR LADY OF POMPEI Tue, May 15, 2018 3:40 - 4:40 Food Revolution
NESBITT    Tue, May 15, 2018 10:00 - 12:00 School Wide Planting Day
NESBITT    Wed, May 16, 2018 2:30 - 4:30 Food Revolution
JOHN CABOTO Wed, May 16, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 Food Revolution
SINCLAIR LAIRD Thu, May 17, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 Pollinator Planting Day
CEDARCREST Fri, May 18, 2018 2:30 - 3:30 Seedling Sale
ST. MONICA Wed, May 23, 2018 3:45 - 4:45 Seedling Sale & Planting
PARKDALE Thu, May 24, 2018 4:00 - 5:00 Planting & Garden Work
GENERAL VANIER Fri, May 25, 2018 3:45 - 4:45 Food Revolution
PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU Sat, May 26, 2018  2:45 - 3:45 Parent Planting Day
PIERRE DE COUBERTIN Mon, May 28, 2018 3:45 - 4:45 Garden Work Day w/ Parents
ST. RAPHAEL  Thu, May 31, 2018 10:00 - 12:00 Cooking Club Catering Concert

The B.A.S.E. Daycare program has been implementing activities related to food literacy, from gardening to cooking, for many years and boasts the presence of a Montreal Food Revolution Ambassador in its Professional Development Officer for Environmental Education, Melina Trimarchi. The Food Revolution is a movement led by chef Jamie Oliver that aims “to provoke debate and inspire real, meaningful, positive change in the way our children access, consume and understand food.” Food Revolution Day is a global day of action to put food education back on the school curriculum.

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