Montcrest School appreciates the generous support it has received from foundations and donors. This is a selected history from Montcrest School's first 55 years.
December 2013 - R. Howard Webster Foundation supports Montcrest School's work in student leadership
Montcrest School received a $100,000 grant from the R. Howard Webster Foundation to be used over the course of four years for student leadership. The Webster Foundation has a strong interest in education that supports programs for children and young adults.
This donation allowed Montcrest to develop an innovative student leadership program in conjunction with Outward Bound and Right To Play. Not only benefitting Montcrest students, the program provides unique opportunities for students at George Webster Elementary School. George Webster has been identified by the Toronto District School Board as a model school for other inner city educational institutions.
The leadership program trains Grade 6 to 8 Montcrest students and is the platform for Montcrest students to train George Webster students with leadership skills. The goal of this program is for students to develop physical skills and deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationship to others, including their ability to have a positive impact on those beyond the Montcrest community.
December 2012 - W. Garfield Weston Foundation supports a unique literacy program at Montcrest
The objective of the Speakers’ Series was to develop a passion for and reinforce the importance of literacy. Introducing positive and early literacy education is essential in changing learning patterns and increasing confidence in students for school. By introducing the Montcrest Speakers’ Series we wanted to inspire, engage and improve the skills of young readers and writers by exposing them to Canadian literature.
Three different reading groups were established at Montcrest, using the structure of the Forest of Reading Program that is run nationally. Ten books are selected for students to read in each of the levels and the top book is chosen at an awards ceremony held at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Montcrest brought in a Canadian author for each of the levels to work directly with our students and parents on programs and activities that bring literature to life. The results were dramatic in each of the age groups. We increased readership in the youngest group by 25%, 30% in the middle age group, and 60% with Grade 7 and 8 students.
Our Speaker Series included Janet Wilson, author of Shannen and the Dream for a School, Kenneth Oppel, author of This Dark Endeavour, and Kenneth Sylvester, author of Splinters.
1996 - A new building was built in the backyards of the Broadview lots. At the school's 35th Anniversary reunion, the new building was opened and the Eaton Gymnasium was named.
1989 - Thor Eaton donated the outdoor amphitheatre and playground to Montcrest School.
1984 - The proceeds from the sale of 543 Broadview were donated in Mr. Moore’s memory, to the school by the family of Gervase Moore.
1979 - The Gervase Moore Family purchased 543 Broadview Avenue and donated its use to the school.
1978 - Charles Lake Gundy donated the house and property at 4 Montcrest Boulevard to Montcrest School. The Ewart R. Angus Wing of 4 Montcrest was opened, thanks to a gift from the estate of Ewart R. Angus and other sources. A bursary program was established through a gift from the Angus Estate.