|ST. MONICA SCHOOL FIFTH GRADE CLASS WINS CBC RADIO TD KIDS BOOK CLUB CONTEST|
MONTREAL, September 30, 2013 – A Grade 5 class from St. Monica School (6440 Terrebonne) in NDG won the annual TD Kids Book Club competition, which is presented by CBC Radio. As a result, the class will receive a visit from award-winning children’s book author Deborah Ellis. The visit will take place on Wednesday, October 16 (9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.).
Ms. Ellis will be there to discuss her latest book Kids of Kabul, which tells about life in war torn Kabul, Afghanistan from the point of view of a group of boys and girls ranging in age from 11 to 17. Also on hand will be arts reporter Pierre Landry from CBC Radio’s Homerun program, who will record the discussion and broadcast parts of it on a future broadcast of Homerun. As well, each student from the winning grade 5 class, which is led by teacher Noah Trister, will receive their own copy of Kids of Kabul. The winning class will also receive a teacher’s lesson package, so that the book can be incorporated into the curriculum.
The contest – which ran between September 3 and 18 -- was open to Grade 5 and 6 classes in schools across the Montreal area. Teachers were asked to submit an essay of between 100 and 300 words dealing with the topic “Why does your class want to be a part of this book club?” Entries were posted on the CBC’s website (www.cbc.ca), and some entries were read aloud on Homerun.
Michael J. Cohen