Cleary prints to be places in schools


Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Joan Burke an­nounced March 28 that the com­mem­o­ra­tive print un­veiled last sum­mer in hon­our of the achieve­ments of Har­bour Grace na­tive Danny Cleary will be dis­trib­uted to all schools in the prov­ince.

Cleary be­came the first per­son from this prov­ince to have his name etched on the Stan­ley Cup in 2008 af­ter the Detroit Red Wings of the Na­tional Hockey League cap­tured hockey’s most cov­eted prize.

“ We have asked schools to dis­play the Danny Cleary print in a prom­i­nent place, so that it will serve as an ever-present re­minder to stu­dents to be­lieve in them­selves and in their own abil­ity to achieve their goals,” Burke said in the House of Assem­bly.

On Aug. 17, 2010, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for­mally rec­og­nized Cleary’s ac­com­plish­ments, both as an ath­lete and a role model. An in­ter­pre­tive panel and com­mem­o­ra­tive print were un­veiled at the Danny Cleary Look­out by then premier Danny Wil­liams and a host of other dig­ni­taries. Cleary was on hand for the cer­e­mony.

The school ini­tia­tive is a joint ef­fort be­tween the de­part­ments of Ed­u­ca­tion and Tourism, Cul­ture and Re­cre­ation. The framed, lim­it­ededi­tion re­pro­duc­tion print is ti­tled Be­lieve in Your­self.

De­signed by artist James Long, the print is both a tribute to one of a lo­cal sports hero, and a re­minder of what can be ac­com­plished through hard work, said Burke.

“ It is our hope that it will in­spire our stu­dents to set high ex­pec­ta­tions for them­selves, and fol­low through in the pur­suit of their own dreams and as­pi­ra­tions,” she stated.

“ To­day’s youth will be the driv­ing force be­hind our fu­ture suc­cess as a so­ci­ety, and as a peo­ple,” she added.

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