Roan Heck, an inspiration to Stettler elementary

By Amore du Toit

On Friday, Oct.1, Stettler Elementary School had a wonderful Terry Fox Day as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run.

We started the day with a delicious snack time. At noon students enjoyed sock-hops in the music room and the gym, and tried to keep up with the crazy-dancing teachers who led and participated. We then had a school-wide pep rally where we watched a video about Terry Fox and drew for Terry Fox t-shirts for each grade, sponsored by the Stettler Elementary Home and School. Students and staff then moved out to the track where we were joined by many parents, grandparents, friends, and younger siblings. Everyone walked/ran for half an hour, and a great time was had by all.

We are still finalizing the total amount of money that we have raised through pledge sheets, doughnut/juice donations, and shoelace sales, and it looks like Stettler elementary has once again done an amazing job of raising money to help others. We will have an assembly soon to reveal our final total, and will share stories and poems that we wrote about Terry Fox while we learned about caring for others, never giving up, and always doing our best.

4SC was honored in September to receive a visit from Roan Heck. Roan is two years old and the younger brother of one of our 4SC students, Cole. Roan is a true inspiration to all of us as he is quickly adapting and excelling at life with part of one leg amputated. Interacting with Roan really inspired us to try our best this year at the Terry Fox Run and we are proud to call him our personal classroom hero. He even came in with his mom to do the Terry Fox Run with us. We predict Roan will grow up to do amazing things.

Amazing things do happen when people work together as a team. It is great to work in a school where teachers try their best to collaborate with their colleagues. Mrs. van Ringen and her Grade 3 class would like to thank Mrs. Geddes and her Grade 2 class for surprising them with a movie and afternoon movie snack in conjunction with the 30 Day Countdown Terry Fox Trivia. The afternoon was enjoyed by all. We trust that all our students had a blessed and restful Thanksgiving with family and friends.