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Longue Sault PS Comes Through for Terry Fox
Longue Sault PS Comes Through for Terry Fox
Posted on 11/02/2015

Longue Sault Public School Holds Assembly to Celebrate Success at
Terry Fox National School Run Day Event

By Mark Calder

(Long Sault)Longue Sault Public School honoured a Canadian hero during two assemblies last Thursday, announcing it had reached its highest fundraising total ever during the 2015 Terry Fox National School Run Day. The school celebrated its $3,327 fundraising success, generated through this year’s run and other activities by students and staff – including a century run/walk by teacher Ian Callan, which raised $1,800.

The two top fundraising classes at this year’s event were the Kindergarten C class, which collected $263, and the Grade 2 class, which raised $315. The school also recognized Grade 2 student Keaton Wagensveld, who donated $250 earned from “busking” outside his home with his guitar. The two classes will enjoy a pizza party for their success, while Wagensveld was presented with a $25 gift card.

“Today is about a celebration of our success in Terry Fox fundraising,” said Principal Kieran Kennedy in an interview on Thursday. “The whole intention behind this (fundraising effort) is it shows our students we are not on an island. We want to produce students and citizens aware of the daily opportunities to give back to their community and the Terry Fox Foundation is one of the many outstanding charitable organizations they can choose to work though.

“Everyone at our school knows a person touched by cancer. This is a way of honouring those people and to help find a cure.”

Callan, a marathon runner and member of the Cornwall Multisport Club, energized the fundraising effort on October 16, when he completed a 100-kilometre walk/run from the school to downtown Ottawa at the Terry Fox Memorial Monument. The event was associated with the school’s annual run, which saw the students run or walk that day on school grounds.

Callan, who teaches phys. ed. at the rural school and is a leader in Terry Fox National School Run Day activities, performed the run as a way to reignite enthusiasm for the day, after donations slipped last year. He is known for quirky gimmicks designed to drive students on to fundraising success, such as pledging to wear a dress to school.

He worked hard to get attention for the program through coverage in newspapers and on social media, and set up an account at an online fundraising website, which helped dramatically boost fundraising.

The athletic endeavour not only helped more than triple the school’s annual fundraising total, but the gruelling run was also meant to inspire students in their daily lives.

“I wanted to show them that if they want to do something, and believe strongly in it and work hard, they can do anything they put their hearts to,” said Callan.

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