Students get ready for the run back to the school after dipping fingers in Cowichan Lake at Arbutus Park.

Students get ready for the run back to the school after dipping fingers in Cowichan Lake at Arbutus Park.

A.B. Greenwell School keeps the hope alive with Terry Fox run for the cure

A.B. Greenwell students did their part to help keep the dream alive

A.B. Greenwell students did their part to help keep the dream alive as they ran to Arbutus Park and back on Sept. 21, participating in the school’s Terry Fox Run.

Students and teachers gathered in the gymnasium at 9 a.m. and were given last minute instructions and made a $2 donation to the cause.

They also got to hear a special story from kindergarten teacher, Phaedra Fairwell who had the chance to meet Terry Fox when she was 11 years old.

Fairwell’s mom owned a daycare and loved working with, and helping, children.

“When Terry Fox started his run my mother said to me, we are going to raise some money at our daycare centre.”

Through car washes and bake sales, Fairwell and the other children at the centre helped her mother raise $781.76.

After the money was raised, Fairwell got to travel with her mother to present the check to Terry Fox.

“I got to go up on stage with a big piece of paper that told how much we raised. Right there beside me was Terry Fox, and he shook my hand and he thanked me for raising money to help kids with cancer,” said Fairwell.

Pumped up and ready to go, the kids of A.B. Greenwell took off to Arbutus Park. Once there they dipped their fingers in the lake to signify Fox’s dream of dipping his toes into the waters off the West Coast.

In all, the students at A.B. Greenwell raised $104.10.

In other A.B. Greenwell news, Lisa Hamilton, the PAC chair for the school, reports that their bottle drive was very successful, raising $1,476.

The school has an account set up at the Duncan Bottle Depot for those who would like to continue supporting the school in this manner.

You can also save your Country Grocer receipts and send them to the school in your child’s planner.

 

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