Because of the up and down weather forecasted over our Thanksgiving Break, we held our breaths when we left the School with 7 students (Ayumu, Jose, Kris, Laura, Ella, Isa, and Svenja) and 2 chaperons (Mrs. Verryn-Stuart and Mrs. Schafer) on Sunday, October 13th to go on a sea kayaking adventure.
Operation Liberation celebrations have come to an end; however, the friendships and connections are already taking root beyond our trip. In fact, we recently received a donation to beautify our Campus Cenotaph with a Tulip Garden. These perennials have their origins in Turkey; however, they have become symbolic of the Netherlands and their liberation 75 years ago. Our campus groundskeeper, Mr. Chris Northrup, recently planted 75 tulip bulbs that will be a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifice made by our very own Black Watch Regiment during the Battle for the Scheldt Estuary in 1944.
Twelve years ago, Federico Cisneros, a young Grade 8 student from Mexico, came to King’s-Edgehill School to take advantage of a one-year cultural and learning experience in Canada. He embraced the KES lifestyle and excelled in all aspects of our programme. In fact, things went so well for young Federico that he returned for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, and graduated in 2012 as our Head Boy.
Our Annual Terry Fox Superstore Bagging Fundraiser took on special meaning this year as the promise of Hurricane Dorian placed additional importance on our community volunteer effort. The weekend before the Terry Fox Run traditionally marks our Superstore Fundraiser for Cancer Research but this year there was an added twist. The forecasted arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Saturday, September 7th, played havoc with our scheduled Saturday activity. Plans changed quickly and students eagerly signed up to donate their time and energy on the eve of the hurricane. While the purpose of the fundraiser is to raise community awareness of the Terry Fox story and kick-start our fundraising efforts for cancer research, this year students discovered that their help was needed to service the long lines of shoppers preparing for the effects of the storm.
Sunday, September 15th marks the 39th Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research and, once again, KES will host the Windsor community event. It will be great to see the entire student body, alumni, parents, KES friends, faculty, and the extended Windsor community continue Terry’s Marathon of Hope. Whether running, walking, pushing a stroller, or cycling the five kilometre route through town, participants are invited to complete the lap as many times as desired. The smell of barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs always provides good motivation on the final trek up the front hill. The spirit is festive and our student musicians provide first-rate entertainment as participants mingle and enjoy a post-run barbecue lunch in the Quad.
Our student volunteers will be busy bagging groceries at the Windsor Superstore Friday (today) from 2:00 - 8:00pm. Why not grab a few groceries before tomorrow's storm and also support a great cause!
There are a few 2019 commemorative t-shirt ($20/ea) left and if you are interested, please call the main office (902-798-2278). Our annual Terry Fox ‘Dress Down Day’ will be held on Thursday, September 12th. Students, alumni and parents are encouraged to collect their own pledges for the 2019 Terry Fox Run. Individual pledge sheets are currently available on-line: www.terryfox.org, or in Marshall House.
At KES we are great supporters of the Terry Fox Run, and our community has been instrumental in raising money for innovative cancer research. It is amazing to think that the efforts of our KES community over the past years have raised over $275,000! Last year’s contribution of just over $17,000 placed our Windsor Run 3rd in the province for fundraising out of 70 run sites across Nova Scotia. We hope to maintain this leadership position in 2019.
Families, pets, friends, and neighbours are welcome. Spread the word and see you at the starting line.
Let’s all be a part of the cure!
Student volunteers not only strengthen a community, but also builds the foundation for a compassionate and caring adult. At King's-Edgehill School, we help your child be more than he or she ever thought possible through volunteer work. Read more about our student volunteers, here.