Terry Fox Foundation, Relay For Life praise students
AMHERST – After years of modeling themselves after a Canadian icon, students at Spring Street Academy were given a day of recognition for the good deeds they have done.
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Special fanfare greeted Spring Street Academy students, who received recognition this month for their fundraising during the Terry Fox Run and Relay For Life.
Foregoing their regular classes, students were greeted with a salute of Terry Fox Run shirts from its first 25 years worn by their classmates. The Terry Fox Run is held in September, but Jean Densely, school coordinator for the Terry Fox Foundation, Barbara Fickes, provincial director of the Terry Fox Foundation, and Sharon Driscol with the Canadian Cancer Society and Relay For Life made November the month for the Spring Street Academy students.
Presenting the school with a 25-year banner reading ‘Terry Fox lives here’ Densley says while it’s been 32 years since Fox passed away from cancer, the school honours him and, in turn, deserve recognition.
“He’s living here in Spring Street Academy thanks to all of you, “Densley said. “He was an average student in an average school. He wasn’t even the top student, he was an average student, like many of you.”
Average, Densley, by no means can mask determination and just like Fox was determined to make a change, the students at Spring Street have been making a changes when the fundraise during the Terry Fox Run or Relay For Life.
“Thanks to all of you, the type of cancer Terry had is treatable today,” Densely said.
Adding a dollar value to the school’s efforts, Relay For Life’s Sharon Driscol made special note of the school’s team, the B.K. Believers, who achieved a milestone this year. The elementary school team raised over $19,000 this year, making it one of the highest raising teams in the province and over the years in its various incarnation has raised more than $100,000 towards cancer research and awareness and supporting youth with cancer.
“Because of you, this year you sent 68 children just like you with cancer to Camp Goodtime,” Driscol said.
Camp Goodtime is operated by the Canadian Cancer Society and is aimed at children aged 7 to15.
Teacher Darren White, who has been a champion for cancer research and awareness while overcoming his own challenges with the disease, amassed a collection of student stories while leading the Terry Fox Run for the school over the years and played a video presentation at the beginning of the assembly.