An anticipated 10,000 Catholic elementary students from the Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton Catholic District School Boards will fill the stands at FirstOntario Centre on Bulldogs School Game Day, Thursday February 8 as the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the Barrie Colts in regular season play.
“The game is open to all our elementary schools and is therefore an excellent opportunity to build school and community spirit,” says Equal Opportunities Consultant John Madalena.
The Catholic School Game Day is an annual event sponsored by the Bulldogs Foundation as part of its Dawgs Breakfast Program which funds nutrition programs at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s Equal Opportunities schools.
This year’s School Game Day theme is Peace Making, a theme which will be explored by Grade 4-8 students through the curriculum resource, "Hiawatha and the Peacemaker." The book, written by legendary musician Robbie Robertson and David Shannon, explores peace and forgiveness through the eyes of a brave Mohawk warrior. A free copy of the book has been sent out to participating elementary schools to prepare classes for the curriculum focus during School Game Day.
Grade 4-8 students and teachers are invited to share learning, pictures and student work leading up to the game. Samples of student work, pictures and videos will be displayed on the Bulldogs scoreboard on Feb. 8.
Thanking the Bulldogs Foundation for its sponsorship of the Game Day event and school nutrition programs, Assistant Superintendent of Education Julie Angiolillo noted that “this is a great opportunity to engage our Catholic school communities in the awareness of Indigenous history and culture while recognizing the diversity of all our students.”
Teachers are encouraged to visit the myClass/LMS page for curriculum resources. The page includes virtual tours of Indigenous communities, video links, and extension activities.