Two Fort Saskatchewan junior high school teachers recently came through on a special promise they made to students.

When Rudolph Hennig teacher Terry Zurock learned the school was still $1,500 shy of its $5,000 Terry Fox run fundraising goal, he made the students a deal. If they could raise the rest of the money before the September 27 event, he would camp outside the school for the night, no matter the weather.
“It was all the motivation they needed,” said principal Ken Wlos. “Immediately, students went out and started canvassing the entire neighbourhood. So much so, we ended up exceeding our goal, raising more than $5,300.”
Zurock, who teaches grades 8 and 9, thinks the legacy of Terry Fox may have played a part in the students’ determination.
“He's the one that began this Marathon of Hope. And because of his age, a lot of the kids relate to him in terms of the disability with his leg and still being able to run through."
Teacher Richard Reid joined Zurock in the October 4 campout in the school’s courtyard.
“We just decided that since we both kind of were in on this, raising the money together, that we would do it together. We'd go outside,” Reid said. “Mr Zurock handles the Terry Fox Day and I've always looked after making sure my class raised a lot of money.  And together it's been good."
Spending the night in a tent was well worth the cause, Reid added.
“It's the least we can do considering the free time the kids gave up.”

More Local News

Update: Fort Saskatchewan RCMP need help finding 12-year-old

The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have found Shenelle Jenkins.

Lamont County assembling flood drainage team

Lamont County is trying to get ahead of spring flooding this year.

MP Lloyd focused on helping local entrepreneurs

A local Member of Parliament is looking to better the region with faster broadband internet.

Update: RCMP looking for missing Fort Saskatchewan teen

Police have found Kirshtine Palabay safe and unharmed.

Sledge Hockey Day another success

It was the biggest year yet for the Robin Hood Association's third annual Sledge Hockey Day.

Primary Care Network says the best diet is a balanced one

How much food from each food group should be in meals?

Redwater council decides against increasing pool fees

Pool fees in Redwater will be staying the same for another year.

Fortis Alberta gives $25,000 to schools for environmental programs

Some local schools recently received funding.

École Campbelltown celebrate French heritage

As part of their month-long celebration “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” the students and staff of École Campbelltown held a special flag-raising ceremony for International Francophonie Day.

Freedom Conservatives choose Malcolm Stinson for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Malcolm Stinson was recently selected as the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide