Sherwood Park, AB. — September 28 marks a special day for schools across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS). Students and staff throughout the Division are joining schools across the country to honour a true Canadian hero, Terry Fox, for the annual Terry Fox School Run—held by schools nationwide to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
Throughout the day, students and staff will take time out of their schedule to run, jog or walk a set distance in memory of Terry Fox. To prepare for the event, EIPS schools have organized a series of fundraising activities and lesson plans centred on Terry Fox’s life.
“The story of Terry Fox holds important lessons for all of us,” says Trina Boymook, the board chair of EIPS. “Despite the many obstacles he faced, time-and-time again, he proved great things can be accomplished through strength and perseverance.”
Since first participating in 1992, EIPS schools have raised close to $44,000 for The Terry Fox Foundation. All money raised during this year’s Terry Fox School Run will again be donated to the foundation and used to help support Fox’s dream—to find a cure for all cancers.
“In addition to raising money for cancer research, the run also helps to keep Terry Fox’s memory alive,” says Boymook. “Every year, our students are touched by his story, share his accomplishments with others and feel empowered to make a difference themselves, which is incredibly powerful.”
Founded in 1981, the Terry Fox School Run has evolved into one of the largest fundraising events in Canada. To date, the foundation has raised more than $750 million in Fox’s name for cancer research. EIPS congratulates all staff, students, volunteers and community members who are supporting this year’s Terry Fox School Run.
Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.
For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902