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Ted Kennedy Legacy Awards
Ted Kennedy Legacy Awards
Posted on 10/15/2015

Upper Canada District School Board Honours
Ted Kennedy While Celebrating Terry Fox’s Legacy


By Mark Calder

(Brockville) - The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) honoured the memory of a former superintendent Wednesday who championed the cause of Terry Fox.

The board awarded this year's Ted Kennedy Legacy Awards to Char-Lan District High School and South Crosby Public School for being the top fundraising schools (per pupil) within the board during the 2014 Terry Fox National School Run Day. The presentations were made at the Board of Trustees' regular meeting in Brockville.

Char-Lan, winner of the secondary award, raised $9.67 per pupil during last year's run. South Crosby Public School raised $20.41 per pupil to take the elementary award, said Superintendent David Coombs. This is the third straight year both schools have won.

The award was created in 2012 in honour of Kennedy, a veteran superintendent and principal with the Upper Canada District School Board. Kennedy was the founder of the board's Terry Fox Staff Challenge fundraising relay. Kennedy passed away in 2011.

"Honouring these schools for supporting Terry Fox’s dream of making cancer history is a fitting tribute to Ted's passion for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research," said Coombs.

Due in large part to Kennedy's dedication to the cause, UCDSB schools have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Terry Fox Foundation over the past decade. Last year alone, UCDSB staff and students raised more than $83,000.

South Crosby Public School Principal Monique Antoine-Hartley accepted the award last night on behalf of her school.

“It is a great honour for us to win for the third year in a row,” said Antoine-Hartley. “It’s certainly a tribute to Ted Kennedy because he believed so much in this cause and I’m glad we can show our support for him and his beliefs. I also think this award sends the message to our kids that cancer is an insidious disease and that hopefully, with their help, we can stamp it out in their lifetime.”

While Char-Lan District High School Principal Catherine Cooper could not attend the awards presentation, she said in an interview the recognition was another way to highlight for her students the value of teamwork.

“It really shows them what raising a few dollars on their own can amount to when everyone works together,” she said.

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