Today We Ran…

Many of our teacher and their classes run on a regular basis to improve their health and fitness.  Today was different; today we ran for a bigger purpose.  For National School Run Day and the Terry Fox Foundation, rather than running for ourselves, we ran for others.  We ran for all those who have been touched by cancer: those who have lost, those who have fought, and those who have defeated cancer.

Today, I ran…

  • for my Uncle Wayne, who lost his life to cancer in 2005.
  • for my friend Kari Bell, who lost her life-long battle with many forms of cancer in January.
  • for my dog, Ozzy, who lost his battle with cancer in February.
  • for two of our teachers who have battled cancer this past year
  • for Andrew Vaydo, a former student and player, who lost his battle with lymphoma in July

Today we ran… but this is not enough.  More importantly, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives we need to continue to support the fight that will one day end cancer.

To donate to Kent Elementary’s Fundraiser for the Terry Fox Run Foundation, click here.

Special thanks to all the students, staff, parents, and community members for bringing in donations and working together for a great cause.


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Chris Wejr

Proud father of twin girls and a son. Currently working as the Principal of Shortreed Elementary School (K-5) in Aldergove, BC, Canada. Passionate about instruction, strengths-based education and leadership, reconciliation, assessment, and human motivation.


  1. Well done, Chris.

    It is my pleasure being a principal today here in Gibsons and the children watched a Terry Fox short on the big screen, then did a mass workout and then a run. It was great to see this happen today. My son in law passed away two years ago from Cancer so I have a more personal involvement now.

    • Thanks Bob… I am sorry to hear about the passing of a key family member from this horrible disease. It seems the older I get, the more personal this run becomes.

  2. Hi Chris,
    To further the idea of running for a cause: you have to run for yourself first. The people we run ‘in memory of’ are the inspirations and reminders of how fragile our time here is.

    I came across a program in the states called http://www.sparkinglife.org. trying to promote the connection between exercise (read as INCREASED heart rate and INCREASED learning. )In conversation with Matt Young of Innovative Fitness I discovered they are also developing an outreach program called http://www.60minkidsclub.com/ in Canada.

    Check it out. See if your kids want to commit to the challenge.


    • Malcolm… great point! You have truly modeled (in a number of ways) taking action for a greater cause. I will definitely send these links on to my staff and parents. As always… thank you SO much for taking the post to the next level.

  3. This is an amazing event. You are not only helping yourselves, but your community, and ppl fighting/fought cancer. Gre at way to make a difference! 🙂

    • I am continually inspired by the kids at my school when it comes to helping the community!

  4. It’s nice to see that the run is making a bit of a comeback at my current school as well. The difference (well, the main one) is that you always find a way to personalize every experience, for yourself, for the students and for the school. This is what makes it meaningful, relevant and powerful!

    • You nailed it, Roxanne… relevant and meaningful. Powerful learning and powerful experiences cannot happen without it!

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