Island schools host very successful Terry Fox Run/Walks

MANITOULIN—Both Central Manitoulin Public School (CMPS) and Assiginack Public School (APS) held very successful Terry Fox Run events recently.

APS held its Terry Fox run/walk on Thursday, September 29. “Our goal was to reach $2,500 in order to beat the amount raised last year. In the end, we raised over $3,650,” said principal Tracey Chapman. “Our teachers are going to have a pie-eating contest for reaching the $2,000 mark and I am dying my hair green because we met our $2,500 goal.” “Our Grade 7/8 class organized the run/walk and set the fundraising targets. The students knew about the pie-eating contest and green hair before the event,” said Ms. Chapman. “We’re so proud of our students, families and our community for their generosity.”

Maddy Mende, a grade eight student at APS wrote, “the Grade 7/8 class organized the event and set a goal to raise $2,500. To get everyone involved, the class put forth ‘Try Life Terry Challenges.’ If the students raised $2,000, then teacher would have a pie-eating contest. If the students were able to raise $2,500 dollars, then the principal, Tracey Chapman, would dye her hair green.” “Terry once said, “It’s got to keep going without me,” and this year APS Grade 7/8 class gave their biggest ‘try’ yet to carry on Terry’s dream. They hosted assemblies, created posters and videos, and arranged a virtual meeting with Terry’s brother, Fred Fox,” wrote Ms. Mende.

“The students showed great teamwork and leadership skills organizing and hosting the Terry Fox School Run,” said Joanne Peltier, the Grade 7/8 teacher at APS. “I am very proud of their efforts.” With the help of online fundraising and sharing posts to social media, APS crushed their fundraising goal of $2,500 and raised $3,715 dollars, wrote Ms. Mende. As promised, Ms. Chapman proudly dyed her hair green. And as a finale for the post-Terry Fox assembly, teachers participated in a messy, wildly entertaining pie-eating contest.

Ellen Ferguson, Grade four teacher at CMPS told The Expositor that the school held a Terry Fox Run on October 6, with all students in the school running/walking around the building. CMPS raised a total of $437. “Everyone took part, all the students from kindergarten to grade eight,” said Ms. Ferguson.

Charles C. McLean Public School (Gore Bay) students walked or ran around the school on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 4. The school took part in the event but did not participate in fundraising.