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Students and staff at Douglas Harkness School scored literacy tips from the Calgary Hitmen Hockey players during the launch of the eighth book, Hitmen Triumph in the hockey-based series.   Players and guests also delivered inspirational messages to students about the importance of developing reading and writing skills, and to always reach for excellence. 

The event was made possible through the Calgary Board of Education’s partnership with the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, ReadOn! Literacy for Life and exclusive sponsor, Schlumberger Canada.  Author, Sigmund Brouwer loves to write mystery novels for students and composes story lines using the Calgary Hitmen as characters to inspire students to read and to build the foundation of academic achievement in the earlier grades.  The partnership recently received the Mayors’ Excellence Award for Literacy Support and Enhancement.

Principal Lorraine Kinsman was honoured to have positive role models including Bryan Trottier, Hockey Hall of Famer and seven-time Stanley Cup champion at Douglas Harkness school.  Calgary Hitmen Hockey players Ryan White and Karl Alzner who are featured on the cover of Hitmen Triumph and Sigmund Brouwer autographed books that were distributed to every student at the school.  The presentations by the Calgary Hitmen players and guest hockey stars focused on “achieving your best”, whether it be in sports, fine arts, technology or academic excellence.  These important messages clearly reflect the Calgary Board of Education Ends statements including: academic success, personal development, character and citizenship.

Along with the Hitmen players and Calgary Board of Education Trustee Pamela King, other special guests at the Hitmen book launch included Kip Reghenas and Brad Curle of the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, Schumberger Canada President Derek Normore, former NHL players Paul Kruse and Al Conroy and ReadOn! Literacy for Life Chairman John McMullen.

As part of the initiative, all Grade 6 students in the CBE will receive their own personal copy of Hitmen Triumph.  More than 8000 copies of the book will be distributed to Calgary Board of Education students between February and early March. All Sigmund’s books in the series have been previewed and approved by the Professional Resource Centre.

The Calgary Board of Education is grateful for this partnership.  It not only encourages literacy for children but gives hockey players a chance to give back to the community.  This is a great example of a partnership that motivates students to achieve excellence and strive for their personal best.


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