MONTREAL, MAY 19, 2011 – Elementary schools across the English Montreal School Board will be gaining two new friends in storybook characters Gaëlle and Étienne courtesy of a generous donation of over $100,000 in books, puzzles, dolls and accessories by local entrepreneur Edward Hayes.
The donation, one of the largest of its kind ever made by an individual to the EMSB, is from the series “Gaëlle: the Mysterious Secret of the Buttercups” and will provide students with over 11,000 hard and soft cover books in English, French and Spanish.
Accompanying the reading materials from the same series are: more than 750 puzzles, 3,000 dolls complete with 1,000 pieces of accessory clothing and for students to bring home: 1,000 complete backpacks which come equipped with a cassette tape and book.
“It’s been my absolute pleasure to be able to donate all these books, puzzles and dolls to the EMSB. I’m so excited to be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to give back to the community as it’s always something I look forward to doing,” said Edward Hayes. “I’m thrilled to know that all this material will be put to great use by students across Montreal and I truly hope I have the opportunity to do this again in the future.”
“We’re so excited to have received this big donation,” added Christine Denommée, the Assistant Director of Pedagogical Services at the EMSB. “These books will be offered to all of our elementary schools and daycares for students and I know students will enjoy them for years to come.”