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Students at Highbury School had an amazing surprise on March 27.
That’s when Tim Hague Sr., the co-winner of The Amazing Race Canada, visited the River Park South-based school as part of its I Love to Read Month celebrations.
Literacy teacher Rose Pagtakhan said while most schools typically host I Love to Read Month in February, the school instead chose to mark the occasion last month. She said the school based its I Love to Read Month celebrations on the TV show this year, as many members of the school’s community are "big fans."
"Needless to say, when the show came to Canada, we were thrilled. And when it turned out the winners of the first The Amazing Race Canada were Winnipeggers — Tim Hague Sr. and Time Hague Jr. — we were definitely over the moon. They are wonderful ambassadors for our city. Their message of hard work and perseverance, especially with the elder Hague’s fight against Parkinson’s disease, which inspired us for this year’s theme," Pagtakhan said.
At a 9 a.m. assembly, the surprise guest was introduced to the students to a great reception. Hague Sr. then shared his experiences on the show and also discussed what the topic of literacy means to him. Following the assembly, the students embarked on a school-wide Amazing Race: Highbury Edition, where the challenge was to race around the globe (within the school’s walls) and complete a series of literacy-based challenges.
Pagtakhan said the school also shared a donation with Hague Sr. to the Parkinson’s Society of Manitoba on his behalf.
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