New Canadian Olympic School Program Launches with Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Curriculum

    RICHMOND, BC, March 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) today
celebrated the official launch of its 22nd annual Canadian Olympic School
Program. Students from Richmond's Lord Byng Elementary School were introduced
to the newly-themed curriculum surrounding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
    With the generous support of long-time sponsor RBC, the COC expanded the
program to include learning resources for Grades 2-12, and has created a new
website for teachers and students, focusing on lesson plans, athlete videos,
polls, puzzles and information surrounding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
    The new elementary curriculum features a series of Olympian stories that
focus on the Olympic Values of excellence, fairness, personal growth, respect
and leadership. Each story is written at three different reading levels
(Grades 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7), and includes language arts focused learning
activities for each level.
    The secondary curriculum is comprised of cross-curricular project packs
where students solve real life Olympic Games problems. Each project pack
contains background articles, handouts, teaching tips, an evaluation rubric
and a list of links to provincial learning outcomes.
    Olympians featured in this year's program include: Jennifer Botterill
(hockey), Alexandre Despatie (diving), Daniel Igali (wrestling),
Silken Laumann (rowing), Lawrence Lemieux (sailing), Gary Reed (athletics) and
Beckie Scott (cross country skiing).

    The Canadian Olympic School Program has been providing teachers with free
bilingual classroom resources since 1988. It provides top quality learning
resources designed to meet provincial learning outcomes, while engaging
students in the excitement of the Olympic Movement.
    More information and downloadable lesson plans are available at

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. For more information see the COC website:

    RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities
to national sport associations that support the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. RBC has sponsored the Canadian
Olympic Committee since 1947, making it Canada's longest-standing supporter of
the Canadian Olympic Team. RBC continues this sponsorship through the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. RBC is also a Premier
Sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian Freestyle
Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Manager, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email:; Jackie Braden, Manager, Media Relations, RBC, Phone: (416)

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