MONTREAL, DECEMBER 7, 2012 – Twenty participating schools managed to collect more than 2,000 new toys for the 21st annual Christmas and Chanukah Toy Tea, which was held on December 5 at the downtown Tudor Hall in the Ogilvy Department Store.
The toys will benefit over 5,000 children who are being sheltered and protected from abuse, or violence, as well as other children’s charities. This is the tenth year of the English Montreal School Board’s involvement in the Toy Tea Campaign, which is an initiative of Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller. The participating EMSB schools were: Willingdon School and Royal Vale School in N.D.G.; Roslyn School in Westmount; Gardenview School, Parkdale School and LaurenHill Academy (Junior and Senior Campus) in St. Laurent; Vincent Massey Collegiate and Nesbitt School in Rosemount; Lester B. Pearson High School and Our Lady of Pompei School in Montreal North; Dunrae Gardens School and Carlyle School in T.M.R.; Honore Mercier School in St. Leonard; Bancroft School in the Plateau; John F. Kennedy High School and St. Dorothy School in St. Michel; Merton School in Cote St. Luc; St. Gabriel School in Pointe St. Charles; and Sinclair Laird School in Park Extension. Student representatives from each school, along with their respective spiritual community animators, teachers, administrators, attended the event to drop off their donated toys and receive special certificates of participation from Claire Kruyt, the Toy Tea’s new chairperson.
The event also featured the singing of Christmas carols by several private school choirs. Attendees were also treated to performances by the Willingdon and Our Lady of Pompei school choirs, and their performances were big hits with the guests. After their respective performances at the Toy Tea, both choirs spread some more holiday cheer by performing in front of crowds of Ogilvy’s shoppers throughout the entire store.