|WILLINGDON COMPLETES ITS MONTREAL 375 PROJECT|
MONTREAL, JUNE 21, 2017 – To mark Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Grade 6 students at Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G., along with science specialist Dr. Kathleen Usher and Urban Planning student Myriam Fakhri, embarked on a project that spoke to the needs of the school and surrounding community.
Called Design 375 and funded by Youth Fusion, students chose to install benches, bike racks, plant a community garden and trees as well as paint two murals with welcoming messages of peace and hope. Neighbours can now use the lovely benches to read or picnic under the shady canopy of the apple and birch trees. Students can arrive at school and enjoy the colourful mural as they stow their bicycle for the day, teachers can use the site as part of an outdoor classroom to read, draw, garden and enjoy, and parents can chat on the benches as they wait for their children at dismissal.
Next year, the project will be expanded with the planting of native fruit bearing trees to help urban wildlife as well as the school’s colony of honey bees. Principal Carmen Nicolas wishes to thank Vice Principal Vito Guererro and the Grade 6 teachers for their help ensuring the project was completed by the end of the school year.
Michael J. Cohen