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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 3, 2007- Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount will officially launch festivities for its 100th anniversary celebrations with events on October 11 and 12.

On October 12, 1907, the cornerstone of Roslyn School was laid. One hundred years later, on October 11, it is stones of a different nature that will be laid. As part of a fundraising campaign to improve the playground and build a new play structure, donations made by parents and friends of Roslyn School to the Playground Improvement Fund have been recognized by stepping stone engraved with their family names. These stepping stones will form a path winding through in the newly rebuilt area. Karin Marks, Mayor of Westmount and a Roslyn School alumnus, will be on hand for the unveiling ceremony.

"It is very fitting that we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone with this event. Roslyn's mission, to have all our students reach their full potential in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive community, is just as important today as it was on the day the school first opened," says James McMorran, principal at Roslyn School.

The unveiling of the stepping stone path will be followed by a silent auction and a drawing of two Air Canada tickets to anywhere in North America, including Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico. Only 2000 tickets will be sold at a cost of $10 each or three for $25, and can be purchased now or at the event. The silent auction and the raffle are all part of the major fundraising campaign organized by the parents to build a new playground. The EMSB and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Leisure have each pledged $25,000 towards the project on the condition that Roslyn raise a matching $25,000. To date, $27,000 has been raised.

"Since we project the total cost to be $100,000, we still have about another $23,000 to go!" notes Jasmin Uhthoff, chair of the Roslyn School Foundation. "But we are very confident that with this event, we will hit our target and have a new playground in time for Roslyn's Centennial year."

The following day, Friday October 12 at 2:30, all students of Roslyn will be joined by special guests for the re-enactment of the laying of the cornerstone as it took place exactly 100 years earlier to the day. Principal James McMorran has planned for a horse drawn cart to deliver the stone to the front of the school.

Schedule of events:

October 11:

6:30 pm - Unveiling of the Stepping Stone Path (in the school yard behind the school)

7-8 pm - Silent Auction; music by The Patrick Vetter Orchestra; and sweet treats and refreshments (in the gym)

8:15 pm - Draw for the Air Canada tickets

October 12:

2:30 pm - Re-enactment of the laying of the cornerstone (on the front lawn of the school)

NB: In the event of inclement weather, this celebration will take place at the same time on Monday, October 15.

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