Three members of the Calgary Flames will be sharing their love of reading with students at a northeast Calgary school on Monday.
Centre Matt Stajan and defencemen Deryk Engelland, and Ladislav Smid will be at Rundle Elementary School from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to promote the team’s literacy program Reading…Give It A Shot!
They will be joined by Harvey the Hound and the voice of the Flames, Beesley and will answer questions from students and sign autographs.
This will be the second school visit by the Flames this season. Brandon Bollig, Dougie Hamilton, and David Jones, visited St. Bede Elementary School before Christmas.
Hamilton explained his love of reading:
“It helped me get through school, starting at your guys’ age and with learning all the different subjects,” Hamilton told the St. Bede students.
“Now we have a lot of free time so I do a lot of reading on the plane and before bed because it helps me sleep too.”
The program is part of the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation, which is in its 25th year. It encourages students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 to develop a love of reading, improve their reading skills and have some fun.
Last year more than 22,000 students in Calgary participated in the program.