The School Supply collection program is back for its fourth year!

After a successful collection period at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and distribution of school supplies to fifteen families for the 2018-2019 academic year, we are excited to be launching the program yet again. We work in collaboration with NDG schools, who encourage students to donate their gently used school supplies by putting them in our collection boxes instead of throwing them into the garbage when emptying their lockers.

This simple act serves two important purposes. First, donating supplies diverts large quantities of materials from landfills, many of which are made of non-recyclable plastics that will take thousands of years to biodegrade.

The average Canadian produced 777kg of garbage per person per year in 2009, and initiatives such as this help reduce the amount of harmful plastics that go into the natural environment. Second, these materials are given to families who benefit from free school supplies, which can get expensive year after year. We hope to foster a spirit of community and empathy between neighbors as well as respect for the environment.

The program is well underway- several schools have generously agreed to participate, namely Étoile Filante, Royal Vale, Greaves Academy, Kells Elementary, Prep International, Lower Canada College, École Notre-Dame-de-Grace, and Loyola High School.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to these schools for collecting supplies, as well as the volunteers who have donated their time to help us transport the boxes to our storage space. Big thanks as well to our building manager Marius, who has provided us with the storage space. We currently have approximately 28 boxes of school supplies, and we aren’t done collecting yet! If you are a resident and have supplies you would like to get rid of that are in good condition, we would be happy to accept them.
Allison Lalla