|ELIZABETH BALLANTYNE SCHOOL WINNERS OF TOYOTA EVERGREEN LEARNING GROUNDS GRANT|
MONTREAL, JUNE 17, 2004— On Thursday, June 17 (4 p.m.) Pierre Spinelli of Spinelli Lexus Toyota will hand over the second installment of a $2,000 grant to Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School (314 Northview) in Montreal West as part of the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program.
Principal Teresa Germano-Saucier, Student Life and Quality of the Environment Committee Chair Ian Stronach and other volunteers will be on hand to receive the final installment of a $2,000 grant awarded for Phase II of Elizabeth Ballantyne’s Green Zone Project. This award was received as part of Toyota’s Evergreen Learning Grounds Program, which is designed to help schools transform their playgrounds into healthy, natural and creative outdoor classrooms.
The first grant from the Evergreen Learning Grounds Program was presented in 2001 for Phase I of the Green Zone Project. This project resulted in substantial improvements to the school’s playground through the installation of painted panels by each homeroom class, benches and planters and the planting of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Other sponsors of Phase I included Reno Depot, the Town of Montreal West and RBC Royal Bank.
On June 12 students, parents, teachers, and representatives from Spinelli were on hand at the school to start work on Phase II of the Green Zone Project. Through the combined efforts of the Borough of Côte-Saint-Luc-Hampstead-Montreal-West (their personnel graciously dug up the asphalt) and the volunteers, trees, shrubs, and flowers were planted and the schoolyard was beautified.
The Green Zone Projects reveals that through the combined efforts of the community and the school, significant improvements to the environment can be made.
Michael J. Cohen