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Tulips In Full Bloom: Early Canada Day Celebration at Valley View Public School

Everyone has been invited to wear red and white on Thursday, May 18, 2017 as Valley View Public School hosts an early Canada Day Celebration to herald the arrival of spring.

Valley View Public School was among 150 nation-wide recipients of a 150th “Happy Birthday Canada” Celebration Garden.

Members of the local community, parents/guardians, grandparents and School Council members joined staff and students to plant 1,000 red and white tulips in the school yard.

The tulips are now in full bloom and Valley View Public School is a beacon of national pride.

Some 400 applications were submitted from organizations and communities across Canada for the 150th Birthday Celebration Garden Contest, spearheaded by the Canadian Garden Council.

“Many of our school-wide initiatives have made us an ideal candidate for a Celebration Garden,” said Valley View Public School Principal Chantal Lacroix. “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen.”

As part of the nation-wide celebration, a Flagship 150th Garden Promenade of 25,000 tulips has been planted adjacent to Niagara Falls, Canada’s most famous natural attraction.

“Our new tulip garden will connect us with communities all over the country,” said Principal Chantal Lacroix. “What a way to honour our home and native land for this milestone birthday celebration.”

She added: “On behalf of the entire school community, I would like to thank Darlene Melin, our Administrative Assistant, for taking the lead on this project as well as all sponsors for their generosity.”

Sponsors include The Canadian Garden Council, Vesey’s Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Niagara Parks Commission, Garden Making magazine, Landscape Ontario, Ontario Garden Council, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Québec Gardens’ Association and VIA Rail Canada.

The garden will be featured on the Canada’s Garden Route website at www.canadasgardenroute.ca.

The Canada Day Celebration at Valley View Public School will take place near the entrance of the school. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gym.

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Media Contact:

Chantal Lacroix, Principal, Valley View Public School
Rainbow District School Board, 705-671-5956.

Grade 3 student Maya Brulé proudly displays the tulips in full bloom at Valley View Public School.
Grade 2 students Liam Koski and Madison Lennox stop to smell the tulips at Valley View Public School, a beacon of national pride.
Valley View Public School students, from left, Liam Koski, Madison Lennox, Maya Brulé, Aric Robidoux, Keaton Luttrell and Avery Perigo invite the community to enjoy the 150th “Happy Birthday Canada” Celebration Garden at their school.