Sherwood Park, AB. — Students from Fort Saskatchewan High are getting set to pedal their way around the clock during the Spinning for Smiles Third Gear Bike-A-Thon on March 9-10. “It’s a fun way to bring the school together and also raise money for a worthwhile cause,” says Payton, a Grade 12 student from Fort Saskatchewan High. “I think the toughest part is when we hit the 2 a.m. mark—everyone’s tired and hot. But there’s lots of activities planned to help pump us up and grind it out. Overall, it’s a lot of fun and makes us feel like we’re helping in some way.”
Since December, students have been busy raising awareness about the event, fundraising and putting their 32 teams together. Each team is given a four-metre by four-metre space complete with one stationary bike. Members can then bring any item they choose into their room—couches, air mattresses, televisions, PlayStations and even fridges. The only rule: The stationary bike has to be continually spinning for the entire 24-hour period.
“We started the bike-a-thon three years ago to pay tribute to a former student named, Spencer, who passed away from cancer in 2009,” says Jeff Spady, the principal of Fort Saskatchewan High. “Every year, the event seems to evolve and get bigger and bigger. Students have worked exceptionally hard to make this year’s event a success. I’m incredibly proud of them all. It’s these kinds of community-based learning opportunities we try so hard to encourage because they’re meaningful and make a significant impact.”
Proceeds raised from the 2018 bike-a-thon are being donated to the Smiles from Spencer Foundation, a Fort Saskatchewan-based not-for-profit organization founded by Spencer’s parents, Tyson and Janna Turner. The foundation will then donate the money to the Kids with Cancer Society. Over the last two years alone, Fort Saskatchewan High’s Spinning for Smiles Bike-A-Thon has raised more than $69,000. To learn more, or to donate, visit www.smilesfromspencer.com/events.html.
Media are invited to join students at Fort Saskatchewan High as they pedal their way through the 24-hour Spinning for Smiles Third Gear Bike-A-Thon.
Date: March 9-10
Time: 9 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday
Location: Fort Saskatchewan High, gymnasium
Address: 10002 97 Ave., Fort Saskatchewan
NOTE: Principals have the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school EIPS representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your co-operation, and for joining us.
For more information contact:
Jennifer Ference, assistant principal, Fort Saskatchewan High 780-998-3751
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902