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MONTREAL, APRIL 8, 2015 – For the third straight year, Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. participated in the Toonie Challenge, an initiative spearheaded by the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation.

The goal of the Toonie Challenge is to collect enough toonies (69,000) to circle the entire Glen Campus. While collecting toonies, students learn about the needs of the hospital and foster a relationship with the MUHC.

All of Kathleen Usher’s Grade 5 classes participated in the challenge. A team of 22 students led the way by making posters and giving Toonie Challenge presentations to their peers.  

Usher ran the challenge alongside their module on the human body. Unique to Willingdon, in lieu of a traditional Science Fair, students choose projects on the human body and present their research in fun and interactive workshops to Grade 1 students in May.

In addition to helping the foundation, the reward for the class that raised the most toonies was a completely edible digestive system composed of fresh fruits and served with chocolate sauce.

“Our students enjoyed the Toonie Challenge event,” said Usher. “They were able to participate in activities [sponsored by the MUHC] that they would not have otherwise had access to.”

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213