|TUTORING AND MENTORING PROGRAM LCC AND EMSB’S ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA STRIKE PARTNERSHIP|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 29, 2003– Two N.D.G. schools, one independent and the other part of the public English Montreal School Board (EMSB), have joined forces in order to undertake a special tutoring and mentoring program inspired by a similar initiative that was implemented at Upper Canada College in Ontario in 1998.
Lower Canada College (LCC) has invited St. Ignatius of Loyola Elementary School to join them in Project Horizons. This involves LCC students acting as tutors for the St. Ignatius pupils. The LCC students have been chosen by their teachers based on their commitment to the program’s philosophy about tutoring and mentoring younger students. Project Horizons is a Montreal-based organization founded by three university students, including Sam Vaillancourt who attended UCC.
The program began this month and will continue until May 12. Every Monday after school 48 students are bussed to St. Ignatius to conduct tutoring from 3:20 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on a one-to-one basis. There are three to four tutors and three to four students in each of the classrooms. Project Horizons was also previously implemented in 2001 at Saint-Nom-de-Jésus School, with students from Collége Jean-Eudes in Rosemount.
LCC headmaster Dr. Paul W. Bennett, staff advisors Anne-Marie Kee and Doug Maclean and St. Ignatius of Loyola Principal Gary Sullivan are excited about this new initiative.
Michael J. Cohen