Intercultural Exchange Day

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Some 2,000 elementary school children from seven different school boards were joined by professional artists, musicians, dancers, and other dignitaries on September 24 to celebrate the Intercultural Exchange Day on the large field behind Royal Vale School in N.D.G. The EMSB’s Westmount Park hosted the event, sponsored by LEARN Quebec (Leading English Education and Resource Network), and the Supporting Montreal Schools Program. Besides Royal Vale and Westmount Park, other EMSB schools represented were Elizabeth Ballantyne, Gardenview, Parkdale, Coronation, Carlyle, St. Monica, Bancroft, John Caboto and Merton. Schools from other boards included Springdale, Jules Verne, Harmony, Westpark, Riverview and St. Lawrence Senior. This annual one-day Intercultural Exchange featured young students from a variety of cultural backgrounds performing alongside professional artists. Promoting the theme of “harmony between cultures,” tomorrow’s caretakers-of-the-planet showcased their unique cultures through various art forms and performances.