Invitation to a Canadian premiere: The inauguration of the very first classroom in a solar greenhouse at the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

OTTAWA, May 18, 2012 — The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) and École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde are extremely proud to invite the media and the school community to take part in the opening ceremony for the first classroom in a solar greenhouse, on May 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.

The solar greenhouse classroom is an integral part of “Project Karyne,” a group of environmental initiatives related to renewable energy. The project was launched in 2006 in memory of Karyne Maisonneuve, an 8-year-old girl who passed away in July 2006 after a battle with cancer. Her family, in partnership with École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde, has become involved in a variety of initiatives, including the installation of six solar panels and a windmill at the school, the introduction of washable dishes in the cafeteria and, more recently, the construction of the first solar greenhouse to be used as a classroom for students.

Karyne’s parents Carl and Mary Lou Maisonneuve, Mrs. Gisèle Lalonde, members of the school community, and Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau will be in attendance at the ceremony.

WHAT

Inauguration of the first classroom in a solar greenhouse

WHEN

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE

École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde
500 Millennium Boulevard, Orleans

For more information on Project Karyne, visit the website at www.projetkaryne.org or the site of École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde: www.gisele-lalonde.cepeo.on.ca.

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Un passeport sans limites pour un monde meilleur. Proud to be in the vanguard of the education field, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), winner of the 2011 Coup de Cœur award for Sustainable Development presented by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale (RGA) as part of its Excellence Awards, serves more than 12,400 students and includes 38 French-language elementary and secondary schools across Eastern Ontario.

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