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Essex Public School busy supporting causes



by Sylene Argent

Recently, the students and staff at Essex Public School hosted two outdoor events; one of which taught the students about courage, and the other helped the students get into a routine of including physical activity, every day.

  On Friday, September 28, staff members and students of Essex Public School laced up their running shoes to support the Terry Fox Foundation with a walk around the school’s track.

  Andria St. Germain, EPS’s Vice-Principal, was pleased to announce the students were able to bring in over $600 through the event.

  On Friday, September 28, the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) honoured the legacy of residential school survivors and those who did not make it home by hosting an Orange Shirt Day, which is done across the nation.

  According to orangeshirtday.org, the national event grew out of Phyllis’s story of having her new orange shirt taken from her on her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission. The event helps teachers ensure the stories of residential schools are passed along to the next generation.

  “We are wearing orange today because somebody couldn’t,” St. Germain said. “We can’t change the past, but we can change how we act in the future.”

  Log onto orangeshirtday.org for more information.

  On Wednesday, October 3, EPS staff and students took the “Couch Potato Pledge” during the annual 12 O’clock Walk, vowing to choose exercise over inactivity.

  The 12 O’clock Walk is hosted through SWARG in Motion (South West Area Recreation Guide) and Windsor-Essex Communities in Motion.

  Looking ahead, the students at EPS will work to raise money through the annual school read-a-thon and walk-a-thon.

St. Germain said the funds the students raise will go towards purchasing needed learning supplies, uniforms and equipment for sporting activities, and fieldtrips.

The students have a goal to raise $10,000.

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