|BANCROFT SCHOOL TRANSFORMS "ASPHALT JUNGLE" INTO A GREEN, KID-FRIENDLY SPACE|
MONTREAL, September 20, 2006- BANCROFT SCHOOL, the last remaining English language elementary school on le Plateau de Mont Royal, invites the media to drop by on Wednesday, September 20th to watch as we transform our "asphalt jungle" into a green, kid-friendly space.
Dozens of volunteers from TEAM DEPOT (3 Home Depot branches: St. Henri, Beaubien and Acadie) and from DECARIE SATURN SAAB will be on hand to help plant trees, shrubs and perennial plants in front of the school at 4563 St. Urbain Street throughout the day. McDonald’s will be there to provide coffee for the hungry workers. The Provigo store at St. Urbain and Mont Royal is helping out, too – providing free parking for teachers while the project is underway.
Bancroft School was originally built in 1915, in a rapidly growing suburban area on the edge of the countryside. At the time of its construction, Bancroft retained much of its fresh rural flavour. Over the years, however, Montreal’s rapid growth transformed the surrounding neighbourhood, setting the stage for Bancroft’s evolution from country school to inner-city learning institution.
Today, although Bancroft retains its wonderfully maintained heritage structure, it is hemmed in by rushing traffic and surrounded by industrial and high density apartment buildings. Bancroft’s schoolyard consists of tiny sections of cracked asphalt ringed by chain-link fence giving onto dingy alleyways. Schoolyards are intended as a play sanctuary for students -- but at Bancroft, the children are discouraged from playing outdoors because of the inhospitable exterior environment.
As part of its 90th anniversary activities, Bancroft School has joined with a group of public and private partners to promote a schoolyard greening project aimed at recapturing, at least symbolically, the rural feel of its original physical environment and reclaiming the outdoors for the students. The students, teachers and parents have invited local businesses, the community and alumni to participate in a capital campaign to finance the project. To date, the school foundation has raised close to $140,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
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For more information, contact: Julien Feldman (Bancroft Governing Board parent) at 514-909-2545 or Michael Cohen, EMSB Communications and marketing specialist, at 514-483-7200 ext. 7243
Michael J. Cohen