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GOVERNMENT HONOURS ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL WITH LITERACY RECOGNITION AWARD

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MONTREAL, AUGUST 17, 2010 – In recognition of  Rosemount-based St. Brendan  Elementary School’s “CAN Club” and their cross promotion involving reading and the environment, the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) named the club the “Best Regional Project” as a part of their literacy recognition awards for 2009-2010.

Inspired by a goal to innovatively encourage reading, the “CAN Club” was created by resource teacher Ria Marcogiannis to allow students to read, learn about the environment and raise money at the same time to fulfill an Earth Day project of beautifying St. Brendan’s.

Equipped with a variety of literary resources, children in Grades 1 and 2 as well as two resource classes familiarized themselves with recycling, planting, and the environment  as they easily surpassed their goal of collecting 1,200 cans ($60). After a matching donation by St. Brendan’s, the club used Earth Day to plant the seeds for a beautiful tomorrow.

“The kids loved the project, said Marcogiannis. “They were able to recycle themselves and bring nature back to our school. The award was [so unexpected] as the children had so much fun with the project that they didn’t realize they did something [award worthy].”

The Recognition Awards from the MELS are intended to acknowledge actions that help young people develop good reading habits and thereby contribute to their success. They are given out to the projects that are the most innovative and have the most lasting impact.

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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