On Monday, I took 33 students to participate in GCA’s 1st Annual Terry Fox Run. One of my ‘teaching’ goals for the year was to organize a a Terry Fox run at my school. I emailed the international branch of the Terry Fox Foundation and explained we were a Canadian school that would like to organize a run with the proceeds going towards cancer research at local hospital. They were so awesome! The women I emailed was so kind and you could just tell how much she loved and believed in the Terry Fox Foundation. She said that this year Terry’s spirit shined brighter than ever and they had record turn-outs across Canada and the world. I think the Olympics’ must have helped.
China has one of the highest rates of cancer in the world and I really wanted to stress that 1 in 3 people (persons?) will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.
In order to be allowed to participate, each student had to run 10km by Nov. 5th. I would meet with the students at 6am in the morning and we would run 1km. Most of the grade 11’s and 12’s didn’t participate because they thought it was our way of tricking them into morning run which is supposed to be mandatory for all students. I usually had about 8-10 students show up in the morning so I made my grade 10’s run in PE class. I love the young and naive.
We raised money by selling healthy food and t-shirts. (Sorry TF foundation but your t-shirts were $17 and made in China, couldn’t do it.)
One of the things I love so much about teaching in China is that there isn’t as much BS. In Canada, you aren’t allowed to sell food in school without signing 3094 forms and getting permission from everyone and their dog. In China, it’s so simple. Leave school, buy food, sell. Not sure why everything has to be such a big deal back home.
I left it up the the students to design and order the t-shirts. They looked awesome! (I am probably breaking every copyright rule in the world here, please don’t sue me.)
The date was pushed back due to mid-terms and report cards until Nov.8th.
The ‘”surprise” location was Hangzhou West Lake. Back to the scene of my half marathon the previous day.
And we are off…
And 5 minutes later it’s time for a walk break…
And then I got us lost…my left is just different than your left…
Pimpin’ ain’t ezzzz
The most awkward photo ever. This is as close as they would get.
You may think these are all students, one is our librarian… can you pick her out?
And as darkness begins to fall… the last ones finally make it back.
I was so proud of all the student’s who participated… their reward: KFC.