February 4, 2014

Peel students and teachers pass the torch to take Olympic spirit to new heights

Over 400 students and teachers from the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will come together at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre on Feb. 7 to celebrate the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The day-long event features appearances by Canadian athletes, a torch relay, and a number of Olympic-themed activities.

"This event will give students a unique opportunity to experience the opening of the Olympics alongside athletes who have actually been there" says Kyra Kristensen-Irvine, principal at Rowntree Public School. "Through their examples of hard work, determination and dedication, the athletes will reinforce the Peel board’s mission to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student."

21 Peel and Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools from northwest Brampton will be participating in this Olympic kickoff event that includes:

• torch relay around the Cassie Campbell Community Centre (all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, medal and toque)
• opening ceremonies on ice, with an appearance by athlete Vicky Sunohara
• singing of the national anthem in English and French
• presentation from Skate Canada
• hockey match between firefighters and students
• crafts, games and cookie decorating

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre, located at 1050 Sandalwood Parkway West in Brampton. The torch relay begins at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. For a full schedule of activities and photo opportunities, please contact Melissa Als, Coordinator at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre.

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Media contacts:
Kyra Kristensen-Irvine, Principal, Rowntree Public School, 905-840-4601
Melissa Als, Community Coordinator, Cassie Campbell Community Centre, 905-840-4041, ext. 62908

Reference:
Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 2089, [email protected]  

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