The Hamptons School

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Tales from the Couch

This morning, it was off to the Hamptons School in Calgary's North West. Due to my injury I wasn't going to run, but the plan was to walk with the kids around the parking lot after assembly. I was met in the office by Admin Assistant Lynda who introduced me to Teacher Shannon, who had organised the day and Principal Barbara. I chatted with Facility Manager Chico, he had started running six months ago and with the help of the Running Room was going to do the Policeman's Half in April. We headed down to the gym and, when all the kindergartens to grade 3's were quiet, Principal Barbara introduced a new 3 part, healty living, program to them. The first part is "Be Active" and with a poster came a bronze medal, the kids loved that. She continued, that if they completed all three parts then they would get Silver and Gold medals. This went down very well.

Teacher Shannon introduced me and I explained what I was trying to do. This school has been working with Right To Play and last year they fundraised $5,000, incredible for a group of 180, six to twelve year olds. I informed them that I couldn't run today but that I hoped to start walking marathons next week. They had lots of good questions including "How fast can you run a marathon?", "What happens if you have no water or food when you do a marathon?" and "How much have you raised so far for Right To Play". We then all headed out into the sunshine and enjoyed walking several laps around the car park. Principal Barbara invited me back in the fall to do a marathon with the kids which will be great. As I was leaving one of the students, Rachel,  came up and gave me $5 to help the "Other Children". Thanks Rachel.

Llama Facts (This is no Joke)

Llamas are 'communal poopers' - they all use the same location. Their droppings look like black jelly beans.

Research Assistant Level II Karen

Quote of the Day

"Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles."

Og Mandino



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