Students from the Valley’s elementary schools – Ormstown, Howick, Gault, Heritage, Hemmingford, and Franklin – jumped into action on October 19 and 20 as Ormstown Elementary (OES) hosted its first-ever cross-country running event. 589 students from grades 1 through 6 participated over two days, running on the soccer fields behind the Ormstown Recreation Center. “We are fortunate to have the space behind the school,” said Ormstown’s physical education teacher, Chad Campbell.
The weather was chilly, and parents and teachers huddled together to keep warm as they cheered on the runners. Students in the younger grades (1,2,3, and 4) ran a 600-metre run, while those from grades 5 and 6 ran 1.2 kilometres. Campbell organized the event with the help of fellow OES teacher Travis Irwin and Gault physical education teacher, Kent Erskine. “It was nice to see the kids out and running,” remarked Campbell.