|EMSB SCHOOLS COLLECT 3 000 TOYS|
MONTREAL, DECEMBER 2, 2004– Fourteen participating EMSB schools managed to collect over 3 000 new toys for the 13th annual Christmas and Chanukah Toy Tea, which was held on December 1 at Tudor Hall on the fifth floor of Ogilvy’s department store.
The record-number 3 000 toys will benefit children of battered women, children with AIDS and other children’s charities in Montreal during this holiday season. This is the second year of the EMSB’s involvement in the Toy Tea Campaign, which is an initiative of Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller. The participating EMSB schools were: Gardenview and Parkdale in St. Laurent; Honoré Mercier, Dante, and Laurier MacDonald in St. Leonard; Dalkeith in Anjou; Edinburgh and Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West; Dunrae Gardens in TMR; Royal Vale in NDG; St. Pius X in Ahuntsic; Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North; John F. Kennedy High School and Vincent Massey Collegiate. Student representatives from each school, along with their respective spiritual community animators and Ms. Miller, attended the event to drop off their donated toys and receive special certificates of participation from Quebec Superior Court judge André Ruffo. Also accompanying the students was Maria Lafontaine, a former teacher at Merton School who is stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, and now acts a motivational speaker for several EMSB schools.
The guests were entertained by performances from two school choirs and by Priya Kalsi, a grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate, who performed a selection of classical and popular tunes on the piano. The Toy Tea, chaired by Montreal philanthropist Ginger Petty, collects and donates brand new toys to over 5 000 children in over 26 shelters of various ethnic and religious backgrounds in Montreal.
Michael J. Cohen