Calgary Flames and TEPF Visit Valley Creek School


Flames Players and Harvey the Hound Meet Excited Students

Calgary, Alberta March 2, 2016 — On a chilly March afternoon, The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) and Calgary Flames visited a gymnasium packed full of excited students awaiting their hockey heroes at Valley Creek School to reward the school for their participation in Reading…Give it a Shot!  Harvey the Hound was joined by the voice of the Calgary Flames, Beesley, as well as players Matthew Tkachuk, Chad Johnson, and Michael Frolik. On deck was Fiasco Gelato as well, with eight different varieties of gelato for the students!

Reading…Give It A Shot! is a program that encourages students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 to develop a love of reading, improve their reading skills and have some fun.  Flames players answered questions from students and followed with autographs. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of literacy, complement existing reading programs in schools, and encourage parents to share in their children’s reading. This school year, over 25,000 students are participating in the Reading…Give It a Shot! program.

Supporting the program were school board personnel, TEPF representatives, The Calgary Flames Foundation, and Reading… Give it a Shot! Sponsors Checker Courier, ConocoPhillips, and DATA Communications.  “Checker Courier, a division of The Checker Transportation Group, is pleased and honoured to be part of Reading…Give it a Shot since 2009. We are proud to encourage children to read, especially with the technological challenges in today’s world” Says Frank Formella of The Checker Transportation Group.  “As a national communications provider, DATA Communications Management understands the importance of youth literacy. We appreciate that those involved with TEPF are building both a strong voice and mind, and we look forward to continued partnership with TEPF” explains Mitch Cormier of DATA Communications Management.

About The Educational Partnership Foundation: Founded in 1991, The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) was established as a registered not-for-profit organization to provide support for the students and teachers in Calgary and the surrounding area. Over the years, TEPF’s influence has broadened. It now offers educational initiatives to six partner school districts in central and southern Alberta, reaching over 220,000 students.

News coverage of this event can be found from 22:33-23:40 in this clip:


Din Ladak

President & CEO

The Educational Partnership Foundation


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