Young entrepreneurs win National Awards

    Students from Canadian public schools honoured with BMO National Student
    Innovation Awards

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Today, in a ceremony celebrating the
entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, student groups from 10 public
schools across Canada were honoured with BMO National Student Innovation
Awards, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in this year's
Entrepreneurial Adventure program created by The Learning Partnership. A
plaque announcing the winners was unveiled at an official awards presentation
this morning at First Canadian Place in Toronto, by Veronica Lacey, President
and CEO of The Learning Partnership, Mr. Doug Moher, Vice President of
Development and Recruiting for BMO Nesbitt Burns, and special guest Mr.
Michael Budman, Co-founder of Roots Canada. Ten awards were presented in
total; two in each of five categories. Each winning school receives a plaque
and a $500 cash award to further the school's entrepreneurial programs.
    The awards are as follows:

    ENTERPRISING SPIRIT - Crichton Park Elementary School,
    Halifax Regional School Board
    Entrepreneurial Venture: Bands on Hands Unlimited

    ENTERPRISING SPIRIT - John Young Elementary School,
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    Entrepreneurial Venture: The Green Thumbs

    Calgary Board of Education
    Entrepreneurial Venture: Water Gives Life

    IMPACT ON SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY - Keswick Ridge Elementary/Middle School,
    Fredericton, School District 18
    Entrepreneurial Venture: Keswick Kids Kreate Kin Kits

    ORIGINALITY - Coronation Public School, Grand Erie District School Board
    Entrepreneurial Venture: The Flying Dishes

    ORIGINALITY - Castlefrank Elementary School,
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    Entrepreneurial Venture: Ottawopoly

    TEAMWORK - Garden Creek Elementary School,
    Fredericton, School District 18
    Entrepreneurial Venture: All Children

    TEAMWORK - Ancaster Road Public School, Toronto District School Board
    Entrepreneurial Venture: Kindergarten Calendars

    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD - McKenzie Lake School, Calgary Board of Education
    Entrepreneurial Venture: McKenzie McBiscuits

    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD - John McCrae Public School,
    York Region District School Board - The Education Centre, Aurora
    Entrepreneurial Venture: CHANGE

    The BMO National Student Innovation Awards were created to recognize and
celebrate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial achievement of public
school students in Entrepreneurial Adventure projects across Canada during the
past school year.
    In a culminating celebration of their achievements, students and
participating schools come together for Entrepreneurial Adventure Showcases,
hosted by The Learning Partnership and BMO Financial Group. The Showcases this
year have featured over 100 innovative student ventures from 76 public schools
across Canada in Calgary, Fredericton, Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa. Now in its
13th year, the Entrepreneurial Adventure program brings together students,
teachers, and volunteer business and community partners throughout the course
of the school year to develop and implement a venture and to explore the
entrepreneurial world together. Students enhance their enterprising skills,
which include collaboration, teamwork, leadership and risk taking.
    Entrepreneurial Adventure is made possible through the generous support
of BMO Financial Group, which has been a proud founding sponsor since the
program's inception in 1993, the Government of Ontario and The John Dobson

    Established in 1993, The Learning Partnership is a national
not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing a strong public education
system in Canada through innovative programs, credible research, policy
initiatives and public engagement. Since its inception, more than three
million students and teachers have participated in one or more of The Learning
Partnership's programs, including Take Our Kids to Work(TM) and Welcome to
Kindergarten(TM). For information on The Learning Partnership, log onto

For further information:

For further information: Jackie Shaw, Director of Communications, The
Learning Partnership, Phone: (416) 440-5120, Cell: (416) 558-9748, email:

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