Yukon students went above and beyond expectations for the 2012 Terry Fox Run, and together raised over $31,000.

Becky Reams, a staff member at Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake, was one of the organizers of the run in her community. “We fundraised for two weeks after our launch assembly on September 13,” she said. “The day after that launch, we had a number of kids come in to the school with over $100 each.”

Perseverance was the theme Johnson Elementary students and staff explored during the fundraising campaign, which was fitting: the students who collected so much money in that first evening did so in pouring rain.

“Learning how much money was raised after that first night really ignited the campaign for the students,” said Reams. “You could hear cheers throughout the school during morning announcements.”

When asked what their favourite part of the 2012 Terry Fox Run fundraising campaign was, three students in the Grade 6/7 class had three different answers. Mairead was happy to see how everyone in the school and community got involved, Jack Jr. took great pride in collecting donations from community members and Shane noted that this year Johnson Elementary students raised more money than ever before even though the schools population has been higher in the past.

Johnson Elementary set a fundraising goal of $2,000. Every time an individual student or class raised $100 they cut a strip off Reams’ special ‘fundraising pants,’ which were created as a fun incentive for classes to keep raising money.

If the school reached its fundraising goal, one teacher even promised to kiss Watson Lake’s very own Tony the Llama.

In the end, two teachers puckered up on September 25 after a 3 km run. The school smashed its fundraising target, raising $4,000.

The story was the same across Yukon. In the spirit of Terry Fox, students across the territory persevered, and together they really made a difference. It really is something we can be proud of.

There’s still one more school to go: Kluane Lake School in Destruction Bay will hold their Terry Fox Run on October 23.