Alder Flats School Participates in Orange Shirt Day & Terry Fox Run

Alder Flats Elementary students participated in Orange Shirt Day  and the Terry Fox run on Friday September 28, 2016.

Both events interrelated with the focus of empathy , empowerment and perseverance.

At the morning assembly the community was honoured by the presence of Mrs. Bernice Makinaw, a former residential school student.  She recounted her very personal story of her time in residential school and reminded everyone to take time to appreciate each other and focus on kindness and respect. 

All staff and many students wore orange shirts in  honor of Orange Shirt Day.  Orange Shirt Day is held each September in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact the government policy had on First Nations.

The afternoon was focused on remembering the perseverance of Terry Fox and his goal of raising awareness and funds for Cancer research.   Students put real effort into running laps around the community.  The rain held off until the run was finished.  Students had refreshments at the finish line.

Many students made reflective comments such as “ I can’t believe Terry did this with one leg every day!”. 

Friday, September 28th helped build community spirit at Alder Flats School and increased awareness of others and empathy,  traits that are so important in today’s world.

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