March 23, 2016 3:38 pm
Updated: May 13, 2016 10:14 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanks Montreal-area school for Remembrance Day gift

WATCH ABOVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote a kind letter to students at Saint-Lambert Elementary school to thank them for sending him their artwork to commemorate Remembrance Day. Global's Billy Shields reports.


MONTREAL – When George Levantis Athanasios, 7, and his schoolmates at Saint-Lambert Elementary in Montreal’s south shore were asked to create artworks to commemorate Remembrance Day, he knew he wanted to do something special.

“Students had a choice of whether to write a poem, short summary, artwork, anything they wanted to send in,” explained Stavroula Iatropoulos, Athanasios’ mother.

“He was adamant that he wanted to submit something.”

Students submitted their creations and a contest was held to decide which would be picked to create a care package for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“It was beautiful. They had a ceremony in the gym and my son, with others who had written poems and summaries, they were judged and chosen to have their artwork sent over to the prime minister,” said Iatropoulos.

George Levantis Athanasios, 7, holds his artwork, which was sent as part of a Remembrance Day care package to the prime minister’s office, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

Stavroula Iatropoulos

It took a few days for the Grade 2 student to put his artwork together, but his hard work paid off.

Tuesday, the school received a letter from the prime minister’s office.

“Thank you all very much for taking the time to write and send your drawings to me abut Canada’s veterans and active duty soldiers,” the letter states.

“I am very impressed with how well-done they are.”

The letter goes on to say: “Your writings and drawings are a great reminder of the sacrifices the members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families made and continue to make.”

A copy of the letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanking Saint-Lambert Elementary students for the Remembrance Day artworks, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

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“The school is honoured to have received his response,” wrote Riverside School Board on Facebook.

“Congratulations to all students who wrote stories, poems and drew pictures, particularly those whose submissions were sent to the office of our Prime Minister.

Iatropoulos said she couldn’t believe it when she saw that Trudeau’s office had responded.

“He actually took the time and wrote back to the school,” she said.

“There are terrible things that are happening and it’s just great to see the prime minister take the time to write back. It’s quite an accomplishment, it was a proud day.”

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