MONTREAL, APRIL 23, 2012 – Parkdale Elementary School in St. Laurent has enjoyed an active first year of operation with its new Community Learning Centre.
Principal Itrat Ahmed said that Parkdale’s first ever bilingual March Break Camp, organized with the Centre de Loisirs et Cultures de St-Laurent, attracted a total of 50 children from the community attended. The CLC has also begun offering cooking classes in conjunction with its 5 on 5: From Home To School Program.
During the course of the year CLC representatives have attended various community committees in the area, fostering strong relationships with these organizations. Parkdale has also become a member of the community kitchen located at the COSSL (Comité des Organismes Sociaux de St-Laurent) building. This year, the classes are funded by a grant through the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) and they will be extended next year through a grant received by the local CSSS (Centre de Services et de Santé Sociaux). The classes will take place after school in the evenings at the community kitchen. In addition, the CSSS is providing the services of Parkdale’s school nurse, Susan Tratt, and a nutritionist from the CLSC to help explain the benefits of healthy cooking habits and how they directly affect the development of a child.
“We are very excited to have started this program and are very much looking forward to having the program extended for next year,” said Ms. Ahmad. “Parkdale’s CLC believes that it is very important that more parents are exposed to healthy cooking habits. It is will be a great experience for all involved: parents/guardians, the school, and the organizations that helped make this program possible.”