When it comes to fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation, Laggan Public School is a leader within the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).
Each year the UCDSB honours two schools – one elementary and one secondary – with the Ted Kennedy Legacy Award for raising the most money per student for the Terry Fox Foundation. For 2021 fundraising, which took place in September, Laggan PS and Char-Lan DHS were the recipients. Laggan PS raised $7,709 (approximately $38 per student) and Char-Lan raised $4,902.30 (approximately $14 per student).
In fact, winning this award has become a bit of a tradition at the schools – like the Terry Fox Run itself. Laggan PS has won the award six times over the last seven years, and Char-Lan has been awarded it eight times since its inception in 2011.
“That’s ridiculous!” said Grade 6 student Kees McIntosh from Laggan PS when he heard of his school’s grand total. “It’s a whole big day, everyone joins in and we all helped to raise money to donate. It’s so fun doing it.”
Laggan’s overall school goal was to raise $2,000.
“We smashed that goal, we do every year,” says Kees.
“It’s so much fun,” echoed Mae Ella Mccormick, also in Grade 6 at Laggan PS. “One year, our principal had to kiss a cow!”
In addition to cow-kissing, students get to silly string teachers and dump buckets of cold water on them – all in good fun – along with other activities organized by the students that happen on the day of the Terry Fox Run.
Leading up to the day of the school run, students run laps at recess and keep track to contribute to the overall school total of completing the same distance that Terry Fox ran.
Over at Char-Lan DHS, the school’s Terry Fox Run is usually an eight-kilometre journey, routed through the community. This fall, due to limitations created by COVID-19, the run took place on the school track and this school, too, organized additional fun activities to keep students motivated during the run time. Students set up an obstacle course, egg races, a bean bag toss and played music over a loud speaker, mixing in motivational shout outs.
“The Terry Fox Run is one of our biggest events at Char-Lan and people were really excited about it,” explains Grade 12 student Grace Eamer. “People are good to donate money.”
At Char-Lan DHS, they set a goal to raise $5 per student this year and they almost tripled that amount. Through social media reminders, a friendly competition between classes and general promotion of the event, students came together once again to willingly raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
“Thank you for caring, thank you for making this a priority, and thank you on behalf of many families who have experienced cancer in one way or another,” said UCDSB Superintendent Marsha McNair during the presentation of the awards. “You have made a difference in the lives of cancer patients today and in the future,” said Superintendent Marsha McNair during the presentation of the awards.”