|MAYOR TREMBLAY TO KICK OFF GARDENVIEW READ-A-THON ON MON. JAN 26|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 23, 2004— Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay and Saint-Laurent Borough Mayor Alan DeSousa will be among the guests on Mon. Jan. 26 (9:30 a.m.) when Gardenview Elementary School (700 Brunet) in St. Laurent kicks off a week-long Read-A-Thon to honour Family Literacy Day, celebrated on Jan. 27. Guy Bouthillier of La Societé Saint-Jean Baptiste and Quebec author Bruno Roy will also be present.
Read to Succeed/Lire pour Réussir will be the theme at the school-wide Read-A-Thon being organized by parent volunteers. During this stupendous and fun week-long fundraising event, Gardenview will be welcoming a wide array of high profile individuals from politics, sports, media and the community who wish to partner with the school and invest in the children’s education by inspiring and exciting these leaders of tomorrow. Workshops, special assemblies, NFB film, library and class time with special guest readers are just a few of the events taking place, at what is sure to be a memorable experience for all. Mayor Tremblay will lead the children in taking "The OATH of a dedicated Reader" at the opening ceremonies, and then he will read to a group of Grade 3 students.
Parents Evelyn Koutsaris and Sabine Kuhr are the co-chairs of this initiative, which is part of the school’s Drive to Revive program aimed at sprucing up the school environment for the students. A Jog-A-Thon held last May brought in $50,000.
Michael J. Cohen