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St. James Students Complete a Marathon for Terry Fox

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Several St. James students are pictured as they take part in their school's marathon honouring Terry Fox.

October 11, 2011 - 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.

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