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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 27, 2002- The 26th annual Telethon for Research into Children's Diseases will air in English on CFCF Television, November 30 and December 1, 2002. Once again this year, the EMSB is pleased to announce a number of its schools will be presenting donations as well as artwork to the Foundation for Research into Children's Diseases.

Elementary and secondary schools alike have taken it upon themselves to raise funds for the Foundation. Our Lady of Pompei in St. Leonard is contributing for the third consecutive year. This year, the elementary school raised the money through "Dress Code Free" days, where a donation of a dollar allowed the students to be out of uniform for the day, book sales, toy sales, and a "Pizza Day." The most successful fundraiser this year, says Principal Rocco Barbieri, was their Halloween Twoony Fair. Students brought in two dollars and "enjoyed an hour in the school gym, which had been turned into a Halloween Circus of sorts, with a variety of stations manned by both student and parent volunteers."

Organizers at the schools all noted that parents and students opened their hearts and their wallets for the fundraising activities by the various schools. Edward Murphy Elementary School in Montreal East is one such example of that. They will be presenting the Foundation with a cheque for $6,494.17. Nancy Farina, the mother of two boys who attend Edward Murphy and are living with rare disorders, helped initiate the involvement.

The other schools who will be presenting cheques and artwork are John Caboto, Honoré Mercier, Leonardo Da Vinci, John Paul I, John F. Kennedy and Laurier Macdonald. The dance troupe from LaurenHill Academy will perform in addition to presenting a cheque.

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