When schools in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) come together for a cause, they really mean business. Thanks to the efforts of PWSD students, funds generated by this year’s Terry Fox Run events resulted in a whopping $44,081.68 for cancer research. With pledges still trickling in at some schools, the total continues to grow.
A total of 16 schools throughout the Division participated in Terry Fox Run fundraising events this year. Most notable was Harry Balfour School which saw its 778 students raise $16,482.45 for cancer research.
“The students of Harry Balfour School have done an amazing job in supporting cancer research, the Terry Fox Foundation and the spirit and legacy of Terry Fox,” says Principal Darren Young. “Our Assistant-Principal, Abby Stilwell, laid the ground work for a successful school community event and our staff worked with students to help them see the importance of being an engaged citizen for the benefit of others, namely people battling cancer. We are extremely proud of our students and are already looking at ways to inspire continued meaningful engagement in making our local and global communities better.”
Some schools in the Division decided to bring out the ‘fun’ in fundraising by issuing challenges to staff and students.
Participants in Clairmont Community School’s Terry Fox Run event exceeded the school’s goal by raising $1,121.50. Students who ran the most laps were entered into a draw and the three winners will become the Principal and Assistant-Principals for a day.
Students at Elmworth School were led along their run route by the RCMP mascot and enjoyed a free lunch from ConocoPhillips representatives following their event. The small school raised an impressive $1,000 for cancer research.
As promised, Teepee Creek School’s Principal Barb Arend and Mrs. Yasinowski were ‘pied’ by the top fundraiser when the school raised $715.03, exceeding their $500 goal by a comfortable margin.
Instead of canvasing door-to-door, Peace Wapiti Academy took a unique approach by requesting voluntary student donations. The high school also sold cookies and popsicles donated by local businesses, and with the addition of some corporate donations, raised a total of $1,141.50 for cancer research.
Fundraising by students at Beaverlodge Regional High School resulted in $2,938.80 for cancer research; Beaverlodge Elementary School collected $5,868; Rycroft School raised $3,368.35; Spirit River Regional Academy brought in $392.50; LaGlace School raised $2,159; Savanna School’s 100-member K-12 student body raised $1,512.25; Bonanza School’s total of $1,355 surpassed last year’s results; Penson School in Grovedale raised $2,618.00; and Wembley Elementary School brought in $1,781.00. R.W. Zahara Public School raised $1,628.30 and held their run event on the new Sexsmith paved walking trails with help from Sexsmith Secondary School’s Grade 12 students who acted as crossing guards for the younger students.
For more information about the Terry Fox National School Run day, visit http://www.terryfox.org/SchoolRun/.
Photo caption: Students at Harry Balfour School were undeterred by the rain during their Terry Fox Run on September 24th. The school’s 778 students raised an impressive $16,482.45 for cancer research.