”Our pupils have been really enthusiastic! They have studied, for example, how the racing suits worn by ski racers have changed, what materials they used in the old days and use now. They have also studied how the sections of race courses have changed throughout the years.It has been really interesting and the kids' involvement has given them a deeper understanding of their region's history, in a broad sense,” said Birgitta Rosén and Anna Möller, first grade teachers at Åre primary school.
The co-operation between Åre 2019 and local schools started back in the autumn of 2018 and when the new school semester started after New Year's, the championship mascot Valle paid a visit. He was accompanied by former elite skiers to further boost the pupils interest in the up-coming event. As part of the project, the teachers have been able to include geography (competing nations) and math (time-keeping and length of the race courses). At Stamgärde school, the pupils also had an opportunity to take a closer look at the profession of a journalist, as newspapers and broadcasters have been generous enough to contribute their knowledge.
”It feels really great that so many people get the chance to be involved in this great event. Through-out the build-up until now when it's finally underway! said Sara Lindell pre-school teacher at Åre primary school.
Finally, it was time this week to experience the competitions at the National Arena. At the races on Tuesday and Wednesday, the pupils cheered for their favorites and had a fun but different day in (and out) of school.
”Through this collaboration we have given all children living in the municipality of Åre the opportunity to experience the World Championships,” noted Anja Skålén at the municipality. ”We have distributed entry tickets to all pupils and also arranged transport to make sure that each and every child gets the opportunity to visit the races.”
Just to make the races even more exiting, the classes have chosen three different countries to learn more about and then root for during the competitions. The classes then in the medals table on behalf of their countries. The pupils have also made their own hats in Swedish flag colors.
”It’s really cool to be here and now we are hunting for autographs. I’m a skier myself and I will compete in the World Championships when I grow up! said Ida Broman from the Duved school.
”Inspire the world to ski” is the vision of Åre 2019 AB. This vision is supported by the Åre municipality and the ski resort company SkiStar through the distribution of free ski passes to all children to make it possible for more kids to ski and to take advantage of all benefits of living an active life.