Sherwood Park, AB. — Media, families and community members are invited to join students and staff throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) to help honour a true Canadian hero—Terry Fox. On September 26, most schools across the Division are taking part in the annual Terry Fox School Run, a country-wide event to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
EIPS students and staff will take time out of their schedule to run, cycle or walk a set distance in memory of Terry Fox. Schools are also planning a series of lessons centred on Fox’s life and related fundraising activities. Last year, schools across the Division raised close to $45,000—a target they hope to match again this year. All funds raised are donated to The Terry Fox Foundation to help support his ultimate dream—finding a cure for all cancers.
“It’s important we continue to tell his story and keep his memory alive,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair of EIPS. “On top of raising money for cancer research, his story leaves an incredible impression on students. It’s one about hope, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. Students share in his accomplishments and feel empowered to make a difference themselves.”
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 17,150 students in 43 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