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.