|WESTMOUNT PARK TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL WITH OPEN HOUSE|
MONTREAL, MAY 29, 2014 – Throughout the year, students and staff at Westmount Park Elementary School have celebrated their school’s rich history, and on Thursday, May 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p;m., the doors at 15 Park Place in Westmount will open up to cap the centennial celebrations.
Staff members, students and volunteers whom have contributed to Westmount Park will reunite for an afternoon of celebrations that will include musical performances, presentations and a tour of the century-old building.
What is known today as Westmount Park Elementary School was originally founded as a high school, 39 years after the Village of Côte St-Antoine, later renamed to Westmount, was incorporated in 1874.
Situated adjacent to its namesake, a sprawling park of over 100,000 m2, which was designed in 1912 by M.J. Manning, the cornerstone for the school was laid on November 29, 1013 and the building opened shortly after that in 1914.
Following World War II, the school began its transition to its present day status by becoming Westmount Junior High, housing Grades 7, 8 and 9.
Elementary students first begun studying at Westmount Park in 1961 and over the next two decades, the school expanded its territory to welcome students from Little Burgundy and Pointe St. Charles.
Today, the school continues to reach out across multiple communities. In 2013, Westmount Park was named by UNICEF Canada as the first Rights Respecting School in Quebec. The program, which is grounded in supporting children’s rights and respecting other cultures, has been welcomed by a multi-cultural community at Westmount Park which includes children born in over 25 different countries.
Michael J. Cohen