Saint John, New Brunswick – The Saint John Sea Dogs and Canaport LNG launched the third season of their joint educational initiative, the "Get FANatical About Math" Program today. More than 300 students, teachers and school administrators at the M. Gerald Teed School took part in the Math rally launched by Saint John Sea Dogs players.
Sponsored by Canaport LNG, this comprehensive program is designed to foster math skills of students from kindergarten to grade eight in School Districts 6, District 8 and Samuel-de-Champlain school. An upwards of 14,000 students in 600 different classrooms are expected to participate in the program, which applies math principles to Sea Dogs hockey.
“We've seen some great success with this program over the last two years and we're expecting even better results this year,” said Get FANatical About Math Program developer, Darren McCallum. The "Get FANatical About Math" program, which is supported by the Atlantic Math Curriculum, uses both hockey vocabulary and Sea Dogs player numbers/statistics to help young people apply and develop their arithmetic skills in a fun and exciting setting.
Jorge Ciacciarelli, General Manager of Canaport LNG, said his organization is pleased to be supporting this initiative for the third year in a row.
“If students during these formative years can understand how useful math will be to them and how they can apply math skills to everyday situations, they open up great opportunities for themselves.”
“This program is one way to help students get excited about math,” he said. “Our hope is to see students in New Brunswick excel in math and we wanted to do our part to encourage this area of learning.”
About Canaport LNG
Canaport LNG Partnership Limited is a partnership between Irving Oil Limited and Repsol. Canaport LNG is to begin operation as a world-class liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal in late 2008. Situated at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Canaport LNG will have a send-out capacity of 1.2-billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day, destined for markets in Canada and the northeastern United States. The project has created over 1500 jobs during construction. To learn more, please visit www.canaportlng.com.
About the Sea Dogs
The Saint John Sea Dogs are a member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and are one of 59 member clubs of the Canadian Hockey League. More information is available at www.saintjohnseadogs.com.
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