Anchored by the throngs of student volunteers from Marymount Academy International, the English Montreal School Board, along with CTV Montreal, once again completed a successful Spirit of Giving Campaign.
A total of 44 schools and centres participated in this year’s campaign, collecting non-perishable goods, toiletries and toys for nine different charities: Share The Warmth, West Island Assistance Fund, Renaissance Montreal, Multicaf, Parc Extension Share Store, Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue, Batshaw Youth and Family Services, La Mosaique and the N.D.G. Food Depot.
In all, the combined efforts of the EMSB, its schools and facilities generated a record 1,100 boxes of non-perishable food, and over 40,000 toys and miscellaneous items. These boxes were then transported by the Canadian Grenadier Guards to Marymount Academy International where their students volunteered to sort and categorize the donations.
The following schools and centres participated in the 2014 Spirit of Giving campaign: James Lyng High School in St. Henri; Rosemount High School, Rosemount Tech Centre and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount; St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Dalkeith Elementary in Anjou; Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Cedarcrest, Gardenview and Parkdale Elementary Schools, LaurenHill Academy and St. Laurent Adult Centre in St. Laurent; St. Monica and Willingdon Elementary Schools, Royal Vale School and Marymount Academy and Shadd Business Centre in N.D.G.; Coronation Elementary School in Cote-des-Neiges; Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle Elementary School in the Town of Mont-Royal; Roslyn Elementary in Westmount; Edinburgh and Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West; Hampstead Elementary; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; East Hill and Michelangelo Elementary Schools in Riviere-des-Prairies; Merton Elementary School in Côte St. Luc; St. Pius Adult Centre, John Caboto Academy and Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Galileo Adult Centre, Gerald McShane Elementary School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Dante, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and General Vanier Elementary Schools as well as John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald High Schools in St. Léonard.
“Our students and staff, led by Dave Mills and Linda de Luca deserve all the credit,” said Elizabeth Lagodich, Principal of Marymount Academy International. “The experience was lots of fun and it helped reinforce the community values that we instill in our students every single day. Despite the challenge of sorting through and re-packing 1,100 boxes, everyone at Marymount Academy International was thrilled to participate and be involved. We look forward to next year!”
During the campaign, CTV also featured eight different school-organized activities in addition to the live finale from Marymount Academy International. To view these broadcasts, please follow this link: