November 4, 2020
Powassan, ON – Students at Mapleridge Public School in Powassan are hitting the ground running this school year.
Inspired by the fortieth anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, Grade 7/8 Teacher Patti Phillips introduced a “40 for 40” challenge to her students. The challenge entailed running 40 minutes a day for the 40th anniversary of Fox’s journey. Phillips kept her students engaged by making them aware of the milestones they had already reached and the ones they were close to achieving. “That was all they needed,” stated Phillips. “By Friday night, we had collectively run 591 kilometres.” That distance is further than Powassan to Montreal. One student in the class beat their personal goal of running more than 100 kilometres over the five-day period.
At the suggestion of Wesley Buell, a student in the running group, the class signed up for the virtual Toronto Waterfront Marathon, a 42 km race. The class completed the race and will be receiving a shirt and medal to display.
The learning taking place isn’t limited to physical education and keeping fit. Students are learning about numeracy by determining how many kilometres they need to run in the remaining school days in order to meet their fundraising target and budgeting a hypothetical trip to a location on their journey. Students are also learning about the history, culture, and attractions of various locations as they virtually pass through them.
Students are also enhancing their involvement in the community, learning to identify needs and bringing attention to them alongside their run. “Great things are happening at Mapleridge,” added Principal Alison Clarke.
The class is currently challenging themselves to run across Canada, tracking their route and where Terry Fox ran. In the future, the class hopes to keep running for a reason. In November, the class is running and posting online to bring awareness and donations for the Powassan Legion and its poppy campaign.
You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #POTOWNToYoTown, #ReasonToRun and #LetsRunAcrossCanada. You can follow Mapleridge Public School on Twitter at @MapleridgeNNDSB.