Reading…Give It A Shot! The Calgary Flames reading incentive program, wrapped up its 13th season last week. Flames personnel including Michael Cammalleri
, Robyn Regehr, David Moss
, Andre Roy, Jamie Lundmark and Brandon Prust plus mascot Harvey the Hound made visits to various schools in Calgary throughout January and February.
The last school visit took place on Thursday, February 26th at Holy Redeemer Elementary School. “I have been a part of the program for the last three seasons and really appreciate the support we get from the students,” says program ambassador and Flames Right winger David Moss
. “It is great to see kids excited about reading.”
Reading…Give it a shot! runs from January 7th through March 22, 2009. Students receive bookmarks featuring various Flames Players based upon minutes spent reading. In increments of 100 minutes reading time, students will receive one of the 24 Flames commemorative bookmarks that include an action shot as well as stats about the player.
“This program has a profound reach and educational impact on students in Calgary. It establishes motivation to learn while improving comprehension, fluency and writing skills,” says Doug Clovechock, the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation President and CEO, “We are very pleased to team up with the Calgary Flames in the Reading… Give it a Shot program.”
The program has grown over the last 13 years to include 43 schools and over 1,200 students in grades four through six. Flames players make visits to various schools to reinforce the positive effects of literacy and sign autographs.