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Literacy for Life Taking Another Jump in the Show Ring

Literacy for Life has an entry, for a second year, in the Spruce Meadows Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up Initiative sponsored by the Calgary Sun and Conoco Phillips!

Lit for Life horse 2015 (1)Come out and cheer us on at Spruce Meadows! Our horse is fantastic. Prizes awarded June 6th. We hope to win 1st Prize and $10,000.00 in the Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up event. The online auction starts June 2nd. All proceeds come back to LFL.

The horse will be on display at Spruce Meadows on June 6th until September at the Master’s Tournament.  There will be a prize for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place design. Also the horse will be auctioned online with all funds going to the charity.

The organization believes that literacy is more than books. As reflected in the design of the horse, it is critical that individuals have a foundation that starts at birth and skills continue to build throughout life. The river rocks represent the foundation. The rocks start small at the hoof of the horse with a symbol of a music note to represent the rhythm and rhymes of early language development. The rocks become bigger as you move up the horse with the symbols of ABC representing the development of more formal language and literacy skills and on to the largest rocks with our dancing happy person from LFL’s logo representing a healthy, happy adult. The blue represents the river of learning with endless opportunities and the darker colors represent the bumps and turbulence that many people face as they develop the literacy and learning skills they need for success in life, work and community. This marvelous piece of art was created in-house by Nicole Levesque, Program Coordinator.

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