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Pierre de Coubertin students engage in French exchange program

students at the library
Montreal - Monday, January 9, 2023

The community is at the heart of Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Leonard and recently, the school embarked upon a new project called Connexion Quartier, where younger students spend time with their older peers from the nearby French-language school, École Gabrielle-Roy.

For this project, each Grade 1 class at PDC was paired with a Grade 4 or 5 class from École Gabrielle-Roy. Since the beginning of the school year, the students have met each other three times at the Saint-Léonard Library where they’ve had the chance to interact and develop bonds through reading.

During the winter the schools will meet via Zoom and resume in-person encounters in the spring since they walk to the library.

“This project serves as an authentic and fun French immersion experience for our students,” said Jessica Monti, Vice Principal of Pierre de Coubertin School. “It also allows the students from École Gabrielle-Roy the chance to develop their spirit of collaboration and leadership.”

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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