ROAR PUBLISHING INC., a division of The Roar Group of Companies, is pleased to announce the RISE SCHOOL TOUR & PLEDGE, with two-time Olympian, five-time Pan Am Medalist Jessica Phoenix and author Julie Fitz-Gerald.

Since the beginning of November 2018, Phoenix and Fitz-Gerald have visited over 3,500 students in Ontario and Alberta, bringing a message of determination, perseverance and courage as they share what it takes to become a world-class athlete and an author. The fact that these two leading ladies are sisters makes a big impact on the students who discover the authenticity of the message: everyone has unique gifts and talents that are needed and valued. It’s a high-energy, inspirational talk that encourages students to never give up on their dreams. The sisters celebrate the importance of goal setting – and that siblings can be both different and successful! The message of the RISE SCHOOL TOUR also aligns with the character traits of local school boards. Jessica passes around her five Pan Am medals for the students to hold and even wear! The presentation is interactive, with videos, music and medals, and concludes with a goal-setting pledge from the two sisters, inspiring students to set their own goals, joining the #risepledge movement.

Says Gavin Ruddock, Vice-Principal of Quaker Village P.S.: “Jessica and Julie speak about determination, perseverance and courage, giving their audience the message that with hard work and believing in yourself you can accomplish your goals. Engaging and interactive, the students were excited to be a part of the presentation and could relate to their message. Their story is authentic, allowing students to easily feel connected. It is one of the most inspiring presentations I’ve ever had in a school.”

Students are quick to share their own personal pledges; here are just a few:

Molly: “Something that inspired me was to never give up.”

Grace: “I will overcome my challenges by being myself.”

Sean: “My dream is to have a university degree.”

As a thank-you to the schools, ROAR PUBLISHING INC., donates 10% of the proceeds from the purchases of RISE: The Jessica Phoenix Story by Julie Fitz-Gerald (ISBN: 978-0-9688438-1-9) back to the school library, as well as the #risepledge banner, where students can pledge their goals beside those of Jessica’s and Julie’s.

“It’s our way of giving back to the kids and their schools, plus the banner is a gentle reminder throughout the year that they’ve got this, especially on those days that can be a bit tough,” says publisher Veronica Low.

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