Students from Christ King Catholic School headed out into a crisp, autumn day last Thursday, Sept. 29 to run, jog and walk around the field adjacent to their school for the annual Terry Fox run.
This year, students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 raised more than $1,800 in pledges for the day, which is given to the Terry Fox Foundation. Grants from the Terry Fox Research Institute help fund cancer research across Canada with the money the students raise every year.
Since it opened its doors in 2003-04, the school has participated in the run, though Principal Veronica Pinkoski couldn’t provide a cumulative amount for the last 16 years.
During the run, students alternated between all-out racing and chasing each other through the field, to walking with friends. Most students had smiles on their faces as they enjoyed the sunny hour out of the classroom.
“There are many in the school whose lives have been affected by cancer,” Pinkoski said, though she confirmed that none of the school’s teachers or students are themselves survivors.
After the run was complete, students refreshed themselves with a healthy yogourt snack provided by the school council, and the enjoyable cookies donated by Tim Hortons.
“It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk or run,” Pinkoski noted. “The younger children ran with the older students, and students walked and ran with staff members.”