|MIND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS ROBERT ALFRED PECK PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN FRENCH|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 7, 2015– Alexandra Belley-Gélinas, who graduated last June from MIND Alternative High School in the Plateau, was recently presented with the 2014 Robert Alfred Peck Prize for Excellence in French.
Alexandra, who attained the mark of 100 percent, received a medal and a cheque in the amount of $150. MIND, which stands for Moving In New Different Directions.
Founded in 1975, MIND is a co-managed, democratic school for independent and motivated students whose needs are not being met within the traditional high school setting.
The late Mr. Peck began teaching in the 1930s and served as the superintendent of French for the Ministry of Education and held similar posts with the former Westmount School Board and the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. He was a department head for French at Lachine High School and vice-principal of Riverdale High School on the West Island, having completed his career as a teacher in Africa. Mr. Peck co-authored Le Français Pratique, the textbook for the teaching of French as a second language with Elizabeth Buchanan. It was a mainstay in Quebec Protestant English schools for over 20 years. This prize was established by the Peck family and the EMSB in 2002.
Michael J. Cohen