|NINE EMSB SCHOOLS BRING VALENTINE’S DAY CHEER TO MONTREAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 – For the 14th consecutive year, students from nine schools across the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) participated in the Huggies Valentine’s Day Toy Basket and Card Drive.
Since 2003, the schools and the students have collected over 8,000 gifts and created over 1,500 gift baskets for the patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
The project originated at Michelangelo International Academy in R.D.P. where Spiritual and Community Animator Vince Lacroce and Cycle I teacher Sonia Arnoldo worked together to bring some cheer to Sabrina Di Giandomenico. Sadly, Sabrina passed away from a brain tumour later that year, but the project continued in her memory.
Each basket contains new non-violent toys, games, books, and personalized Valentine's Day cards made by the students.
“Students spend the morning at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and connect with the patients by distributing toys, books, hand made cards and, of course, lots of smiles,” said Mr. Lacroce. “Annually, they bring joy and comfort to the children and families. Children are helping children in the best way they know how: by bringing a smile to everyone's face. We are all one united family.”
Michael J. Cohen