October 4, 2022

Community: Elks tell tales of Spike during Read In Week

As part of Read In Week 2022, Oct. 3 to 7, the Edmonton Elks are helping instill the love of reading in young people across the city.

Green and Gold players, cheer team members, and alumni will visit 32 area schools and 3 libraries, where they will read Spike Tales: Spike’s True Colours to children and interact with their young fans.

Read In Week is designed to help ignite a passion for reading and celebrate literacy and life-long learning.

“The best part is when you walk through a classroom and kids are so excited,” says Elks defensive back Aaron Grymes. “They get to see somebody that they look up to reading a book and maybe that encourages them to read a book, so I really enjoy seeing the smiles of their faces.”

Participating schools are receiving a copy of Spike Tales, which brings to life the story of Elks mascot Spike. Targeted at children ages four to eight, the story highlights how Spike finds a place of belonging, cheering on the Elks alongside fans of all kinds.

Spike Tales is available for purchase at the Elks Team Store inside the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, and at Brickley’s Knothole Corner in the southwest corner of Commonwealth Stadium during Elks’ home games.

Visit readin.ca For more information on Read In Week.