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PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION MONTH TO FEATURE PROMINENT GRADS AND INFO KIOSK

MONTREAL, JANUARY 8,  2008-  The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will kick off its second annual Public School Education Month on Friday, January 11 with  a prominent local surgeon returning to his former elementary school and the opening of a three-day information kiosk at Rockland Centre in T.M.R.

Five Montreal-area school boards – three French and two English – are once again embarking upon a unique collaborative activity aimed at increasing public awareness of the successes in neighbourhood public schools.  Like the EMSB, the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB),  the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB) and the Commission scolaire Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPI),  have programming planned as well.

Under the theme Following In Their Footsteps, the campaign encourages prominent graduates to return to visit their neighbourhood schools to talk to students about the role public school education played in leading them to their present-day success.  These individuals now serve as outstanding role models, as do many other prominent Québecers having or having had a link with area public schools or vocational centres.

For the EMSB, here are some preliminary highlights.

•On Friday January 11 (10 a.m.) Dr. Gerald Fried, Professor of Surgery and Adair Chair of Surgical Education, McGill University and the  Steinberg-Bernstein Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation at the McGill University Health Centre,will return to Hampstead Elementary School (83 Thurlow) where he once attended class.

•That same day, and continuing on Saturday and Sunday,  the EMSB will have its first ever information kiosk at a popular shopping mall.  Representatives, including staff and students, from five elementary schools - Carlyle, Dunrae Gardens, John Caboto, Sinclair Laird and Coronation,  John F. Kennedy High School and  John F. Kennedy Business Centre will showcase their programs at Rockland Centre in T.M.R. They will be situated at the end of the second level leading to the escalator to the food court, right next La Source Par Circuit City from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and  Sunday.

•On Tuesday, January 15 (9:30 a.m.) internet guru and former Just For Laughs Festival CEO Andy Nulman will return to his old school, Gardenview  (700 Brunet) in St. Laurent. Nulman is now the president of Airborne Entertainment.
•On Wednesday, January 16 (9:30 a.m.),  Montreal Gazette Publisher Alan Allnutt will return to his former elementary school, Parkdale (1475 Deguire)  in St. Laurent.

•On Thursday, January 17 (9:30 a.m.)  CTV National News correspondent Jed Kahane will return his former elementary school. Roslyn (4699 Westmount Avenue).

•On Wednesday, January 23 (1:45 p.m.),  CTV Montreal News anchor Mutsumi Takahashi will return to the same N.D.G. building  (5851 Somerled) where she attended high school. At the time it housed West Hill High School. Today it is the home of Royal Vale.
The EMSB is also running a special promotion campaign this month which includes radio and television commercials, billboards near the Decarie Expressway and newspaper advertisements.

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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