"For many years I’ve been a ‘closet runner’ – I like to run alone as a way to decompress. I'm definitely not someone who would enter a race or want to be seen by anyone.
While running with the Running & Reading Club students each week I began to feel like a fraud. Here I was asking students to push their limits, set large goals, and persevere and I wasn’t pushing myself the same way. So, last year I decided to apply to be a torchbearer for the Pan Am Games and was surprisingly selected. One afternoon, one of our grade 8 “junior coaches” in the program was sent to my office due to some poor choices he had made. I told him I was heartbroken because I’d been selected to carry the torch and had asked for special permission to have him run with me, but if I couldn’t trust him to be responsible in the school I didn’t know how I could take him.
He managed to keep himself out of trouble for the next few weeks. His entire family, along with our complete school population, came to see us carry the torch together. His mother came to see me the next day and told me he proclaimed that to be the best day of his life. He even ran beside a police officer and now aspires to become one when he grows up – a goal I know he can achieve with the skills and character he’s building through the Start2Finish R&R Club."
~ Kelly, Principal