St. James Students Complete a Marathon for Terry Fox
Canadian icon Terry Fox continues to inspire the students at St. James Catholic School. Every student at St. James participated in the annual “Toonies for Terry” Walk and over $500 in donations were forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. Mrs. Denomme’s Grade 8 students added a mathematical dimension to their walk. After watching a video about Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, Grade 8 class came up with the idea of running a combined distance of 26 miles. In the video, Terry Fox’s brother explains how Terry ran 12 miles every morning and 14 miles every afternoon (a marathon each day). The grade 8 students calculated the number of laps in the school yard that would be equivalent to a mile (208 laps). The Grade 8 class invited the intermediate students to be part of their marathon. In order to track the length of the marathon each intermediate student was given a handful of linking cubes. Every time a student ran past the bucket, he/she dropped in a cube. Collectively the intermediate students matched a day of running in Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.