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MONTREAL, JANUARY 11, 2012 – For most students, the month of August does not elicit excitement as it coincides with the beginning of the school year. However, when Grade 8 student Nafisa Mazumder returns to class next August at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount she will do so  as a published artist.

Nafisa, along with Amanda Velardo, are two of only 21 artists featured in the Canadian Plastics Industry Association 2012 Anti-Litter Calendar. Nafisa's work is featured for August and Amanda's work was chosen as an honourable mention, published on the back of the calendar.

Their artwork was chosen from over 1,000 anti-litter design submissions from across Canada for inclusion in  the calendar, sponsored by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA). The contest asked students from kindergarten to Grade 8 to create a poster with a strong anti-littering message.

"We were amazed at the number of entries that we received," comments Cathy Cirko, vice- president of the CPIA. "Students all across Canada rose to the challenge and created some really imaginative designs that help illustrate the need for anti-littering behaviour."

Vincent Massey Collegiate Arts teacher Rachel Thompson says she is particularly proud of the two students.

The calendars will be distributed to the winning students, as well as to government officials and the educational community. An electronic version of the calendar is available for downloading at



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