by Chris Dornan
January 28, 2014, SURREY, B.C. (ISN) – Just days removed from the opening of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Canadian Luge Team is adding another chapter to its recently launched unique children’s luge book.
With a goal of promoting childhood literacy, while educating children to sport, Lucy Tries Luge will impact thousands of British Columbia kids while sliding its way into Canada’s west coast.
Lucy Tries Luge will be made available to more than 10,000 thousands students at 101 elementary libraries in Surrey-based schools, and all nine Surrey library branches. In addition, thousands of more Canadian youth will be able to access the book while visiting all B.C. lower mainland public libraries including the Surrey Public Library and Vancouver Public Library. The announcement was made during a special book reading to kindergarten and Grade 1 students at Sullivan Elementary School in Surrey on Tuesday.
“These books promote literacy, an active and healthy lifestyle, overcoming challenges and other worthy goals for young children,” said Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. “I thank Lisa Bowes and the Olympia Trust Company for this sizeable and thoughtful donation.”
Created with the goal of encouraging youth literacy, educating readers on the sport of luge, and inspiring children and their parents to enjoy active lifestyles, Lucy Tries Luge is the first book in a Kids Love Sports series envisioned by high-profile sports media personality, and now Calgary-based author, Lisa Bowes.
“My vision for “Lucy Tries Luge” was to create a series of books that will connect Canada’s Olympic role models with our nation’s youth,” said Bowes, who officially released the book with Canada’s luge athletes at Olympic Heights School in Calgary last fall. “I chose luge as the first book in the series because sliding on our backs down snowy hills is one of the first recreational activities we all enjoy in the winter as children. And being a mom, I know how much kids love speed!”
Illustrated by Canada’s James Hearne, Lucy Tries Luge is an original and unique concept in education that will enrich the lives of early readers and their families. With her parents support, the main character, Lucy, overcomes her fear of sliding when she jumps on her new sled for a speedy adventure.
A total of 1,500 copies of the unique children’s sports book was originally distributed to all Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes in the Calgary Board of Education (CBE). Bowes also sent a copy of the book to all CBE elementary school libraries and learning commons, while additional copies will be included in the CBE’s annual Book Bags for Kids campaign for students in need.
Lucy, the main character in the book, wears Olympia Trust Company’s logo in the book. In addition to supporting the book, the Calgary-based financial company also donated $25,000 to the Canadian Luge Team in response to their national For Sale campaign earlier this year.
“Olympia Trust Company is very excited to donate copies of Lucy Tries Luge to the Surrey School District and Lower Mainland Libraries. Olympia is proud to support early childhood literacy while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle amongst young readers,” said Kelly Revol, manager, client services registered plans and TFSA division, Olympia Trust Company.
“It is no secret the roll corporate Canada plays in driving success for all of Canada’s high-performance sport programs, and Olympia Trust Company’s support of Lucy is no different,” said Bowes, who has an ultimate goal of enticing a publisher to join Lucy on her Olympic adventures so the books could be sold across Canada, which would then deliver additional funds back to the luge program. Thanks to their support today, thousands of more children have been introduced to luge and Olympic sport. We are extremely grateful to Olympia Trust for sharing our vision, and supporting early literacy.”
In Alberta, Lucy Tries Luge can be found in the Foothills School Division, Canadian Rockies Public Schools (Canmore, Alta.), Drayton Valley Alberta, Wellington Catholic Board, an the Upper Grand District School Board in Ontario. Lucy Tries Luge can also be purchased at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler, B.C. – the national training centre of the Canadian Luge Team.