A pandemic year didn’t stop students throughout Rocky View Schools (RVS) from making fundraising efforts for the annual Terry Fox Run.
Student participation across 42 schools in September raised a total of $47,621.62 to be donated towards cancer research.
RVS Superintendent Greg Luterbach said seeing a successful Terry Fox Run this school year spoke to the determination of students.
“We are extremely proud of our students and their incredible fundraising efforts,” said Luterbach.
“One of our goals as educators is to equip students to navigate successfully as global citizens who are resilient, empathetic and have a desire to take an active role in their community. Despite the challenges 2020 brought, these students each took it upon themselves to embody Terry Fox’s determination and make an impact through their actions,” he said.
2020 marked the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.
Annual activities were forced to be modified because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes had to participate in smaller cohorts rather than school-sized events, and some schools opted to take on a different approach entirely.
Schools throughout Airdrie raised a total of $16,395. Coopers Crossing School was the top earner in town, raising $3,104.59.
Coopers Crossing Child Development Advisor Trena McKinnon said the student body adapted well to the pandemic restrictions, actually beating their record for funds raised with the help of Assistant Principal Rachelle Prud’Homme.
“Because it was the 40th anniversary of the (Marathon of Hope), we did a ‘what’s your 40’ theme. Each class got to choose their own activity, whether it was physical or academic,” said McKinnon.
“It’s actually the most that we’ve raised. We challenged each class to raise $40, and (Prud’Homme) said she would match each class,” she said.
“She ended up paying $640 as her own contribution because of that challenge.”
A grade one class had each student write 40 words. Another read 40 books, and a number of classrooms did obstacle courses for the Terry Fox Run.
Other classrooms hosted relay races, nature walks, and other outdoor physical activities.
McKinnon said the efforts by Coopers Crossing students were impressive, especially given the pandemic.
“I was really impressed that, given the circumstances and that we had to reimagine everything, they jumped on board and got excited about it,” said McKinnon.
“The teachers, students, and everybody really generated a lot of excitement around it, and we ended up raising more money than we ever have.”