|STEPHANE DION TO ATTEND LAUNCH OF PARKDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOOK DRIVE|
MONTREAL, APRIL 14, 2008- A book drive for Parkdale Elementary School (1475 Deguire) in St. Laurent will be announced at a press conference on Monday, April 21 (8:30 a.m.). Federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion, the Member of Parliament for the area, will be in attendance to lend his support.
Principal Jacklin Webb says this initiative came about as a result of a real team effort. Parkdale is partnering with the CSSS de Bordeaux-Cartierville-Saint-Laurent, Transcontinental Imprimerie, the borough of St. Laurent and the office of Mr. Dion. This effort is to put more books at the disposal of students in the school as we emphasize the importance of literacy. Some books will remain at school and others will be given to students to take home. The theme of the book drive is: Un livre aujourd’hui—réussir demain/ A book today—success tomorrow
Parkdale is a diverse community based school which has, as one of its main objectives, to promote literacy. Ms. Webb notes that the school hopes that members of the community will step forward and donate gently used French and English books to the school. Cash donations are also being accepted in order to purchase new books. The press conference is being held to coincide with World Book and Copyright Day, which occurs on April 23.
Any businesses willing to serve as additional dropoff points can call the school at 514-744-6423.
Michael J. Cohen