|WESTMOUNT PARK AND CARLYLE ENJOY SUCCESS IN CBC SCHOOL NEEDS PROJECT|
MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2007- Two English Montreal School Board elementary schools - Carlyle in T.M.R. and Westmount Park - took part in the Youth in Philanthropy School Needs Fundraising Project, a joint program organized by CBC Montreal, the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM). The Lester B. Pearson (LBPSB) School Board was represented by three schools. One of the EMSB schools originally scheduled to participate had to cancel its involvement.
Three of the schools received grants, including Westmount Park which was awarded $1,400 for its proposal to provide cycle one students with skills, knowledge and attitudes to successfully participate and enjoy small group cooperative games and activities during the recess and lunch play periods. But nobody walked away disappointed. The FGM and the two school boards agreed to provide $500 to Carlyle and the other LBPSB school which did not get funding. Carlyle had been seeking $1,800 to teach the game of cricket by having students engage in cricket play with other schools, featuring active and continued involvement by parents. In addition to the $500, the Pirates of St. Lawrence Cricket Club have agreed to provide free coaching for the Carlyle children.
Among the aims of the project was to help meet a need at an elementary school as defined by the students and for their benefit, with the counsel of a teacher or staff member at the school that could not be met through its normal operating budget. A total of $5,000 was made available from FGM. Each school had to propose projects of between $1,000 and $2,500. Students from each elementary school presented a short case for support for their project on-air and the supporting staff member did the same for the project website and judges panel. Taping took place in June with video reporter Andrew Chang and for two weeks the projects aired on the CBC News at Six and on CBC Radio 88.5 FM's Home Run, which broadcast live from the awards ceremony Sept. 19.
Based on the FGM Youth in Philanthropy program, a panel of four secondary school students was selected to work under the auspices of the FGM to determine the level and direction of support for the grant winners. EMSB Secondary V students Melanie Tam from LaurenHill Academy and Sharna Dey from Marymount Academy served as judges along with two students from the Lester B. Pearson School Board. They devoted several months to meetings and deliberation.
For complete details and to watch the TV reports which aired log on to the project's dedicated website at www.cbc.ca/montreal/features/schoolneeds
Michael J. Cohen