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EMSB STUDENTS TO PRESENT CHEQUE TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECTS

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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY  19,  2009-     Representatives from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) presented  cheques for  $17,392.16 to officials from Habitat for Humanity Montreal on   February 19   at the Administration Building in N.D.G.  Students from 22 EMSB elementary and high schools raised the funds for the organization’s Global Village Program and projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Montreal. This is part of the EMSB’s 10th anniversary celebration programming.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit community based housing organization that builds simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Volunteers and partner families provide most of the labour, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build the houses. Habitat for Humanity houses are sold to partner families at no profit and with no interest charged; mortgage payments are used to build more houses.  Habitat for Humanity Montreal president Stephen Rotman and EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce accepted the cheques.

Habitat for Humanity Montreal (www.habitatmontreal.qc.ca) was founded in 1998 and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The organization consists of 30,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, and is a member of Habitat for Humanity International which spans 93 countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is now building a new home every 21 minutes. The average costs of sponsoring homes in Egypt and Pakistan are  $1,400 and $1,900 respectively. In  regard to  Pakistan, donations are being matched three to one by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)  because  Habitat Canada is doing earthquake reconstruction there. That therefore puts the total amount of money raised for this project at $40,304.12.

There are 16 elementary schools  (Coronation in Côte des Neiges, Sinclair Laird in Park Extension, Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle in T.M.R., Gardenview, Holy Cross, Parkdale  and Cedarcrest in St. Laurent, Nesbitt in Rosemount,     St. Dorothy in St. Michel, East Hill in RDP, John Caboto  and  Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic, Dalkeith in Anjou, Bancroft in the Plateau  and Westmount Park) and  six high schools (LaurenHill in St. Laurent.   John Paul I in St. Léonard, Rosemount,  Westmount   John F. Kennedy in St. Michel and   Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount) participating.

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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