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Thousands raised during SD42’s Terry Fox School Run

School District 42 students raised thousands of dollars for cancer research during the annual Terry Fox School Run last week.

Fairview Elementary kicked-off the effort with a September 24 run that saw hundreds of students race around the field on a warm sunny day.

Fairview Elementary students donned their runners and workout clothes for a September 24 Terry Fox School Run.

Schools that participated in the September 29 run a few days later were not quite as lucky with the weather.

At Pitt Meadows Secondary, more than 600 students and staff braved the rain for a 3.2 km run/walk that raised $700 for the Terry Fox Foundation, while Maple Ridge Secondary saw 350 students participate.

Maple Ridge Secondary students get ready for the Terry Fox School Run.

Students at Alexander Robinson Elementary raised $2,700, breaking the school’s $2,300 goal. For their effort, students were rewarded with a showing of principal Adam Stanley having his hair dyed blue live on Zoom, while teacher Todd Oleksyn shaved his head.

Alexander Robinson Elementary principal Adam Stanley had his hair dyed blue live on Zoom after students raised more than $2,700 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Fellow teacher Todd Oleksyn also shaved his head for the students’ amusement.

Golden Ears Elementary took in $1,995 for the Terry Fox Foundation, while Laity View Elementary raised $1,216.

Laity View Elementary principal Kristi Blakeway runs with students during the Terry Fox School Run.

Meanwhile, Kanaka Creek students started their run after watching a documentary video on Terry Fox. The school raised $505 through their online toonie campaign.

“Our run was a great success, even though it was a little wet to start out,” said Kanaka Cree principal Chad Raible.

Kanaka Creek Elementary students head out for the annual Terry Fox Run after raising $505 through their online toonie campaign.

Edith McDermott Elementary is another school that broke $2,000 mark, raising $2,300 for the foundation and cancer research. 

In past years, EME principal Alan Millar said he offered to dye his hair the colours of the rainbow or shave his beard to create buzz to help bolster the fundraising effort. However, he added that this year students wanted to focus on giving to the cause without any incentives or rewards.

“We talked about that with the students and that donations to something as important as Terry Fox and the fight against cancer should be done because it is the right thing to do,” Millar said. “Our donations were very close to how they’ve been the last couple of years. Makes me proud of a community that gets what we’re trying to do.” 

Westview Secondary students took part in the Terry Fox School Run on Thursday.

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