Lend­ing a help­ing hand

Vic­to­ria stu­dent helps a fel­low racer at Har­vest Run

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Per­salvic El­e­men­tary’s Ken­dra Slade had just com­pleted her first Har­vest Run at the Car­bon­ear Re­cre­ation Com­plex late last month when she was pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to run a sec­ond race.

A class­mate of the eightyear-old needed some help and en­cour­age­ment be­fore he could run his race. The teacher had asked a cou­ple of stu­dents be­fore she reached Ken­dra.

Still find­ing her breath af­ter fin­ish­ing as the high­est fe­male run­ner from her school in the fe­male Grade 3 race, Ken­dra didn’t hes­i­tate to say yes to the propo­si­tion.

“I just wanted to run with (Ja­cob Slade),” she told The Com­pass last week. “He wouldn’t have ran if I didn’t help him.”

With that, Ken­dra lined up be­side Ja­cob at the start­ing line for his race and waited to start.

The horn sounded and the pair set off for a lap around the track. There were times when both wanted to stop, their legs and chest burn­ing.

How­ever, Ken­dra wouldn’t al­low them to stop. She kept im­plor­ing Ja­cob to keep run­ning and keep push­ing to­wards the fin­ish line.

“I was like, ‘C’mon Ja­cob. C’mon buddy lets go’ and he ran,” said Ken­dra.

Ap­proach­ing the fi­nal stretch, the pair clasped hands and pushed past the line hold­ing hands.

They might not have won, but they cap­tured the hearts of many with the way they fin­ished.

“She held his hand the whole way,” said Ken­dra’s mother Amy.

Days af­ter the Har­vest Run, there was plenty of talk about what Ken­dra had done for Ja­cob. Emails were sent to lo­cal me­dia and the New­found­land and Labrador English School District

A pic­ture show­ing Ken­dra help­ing Ja­cob along was at­tached.

“She looks out for him in a brother-sis­ter way, and when the teacher said Ken­dra was run­ning again, I started to cry,” said Amy. “It was nice to see her. She was kind of coax­ing him on.

“The sports­man­ship is a great thing to see.”

Be­ing able to pitch in and help Ja­cob is some­thing that made Ken­dra feel good about what she did.

In the fu­ture, she wouldn’t hes­i­tate to put her­self out there again.

“I felt happy be­ing able to help him,” she said. “It made me want to just run some­where and dance.

“I’d do it again. I’d do it any time I have too.”

I’d do it again. I’d do it any time I have too. Ken­dra Slade

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/TC ME­DIA

Per­salvic El­e­men­tary Grade 3 stu­dent Ken­dra Slade didn’t hes­i­tate when she was asked to run with a class­mate mo­ments af­ter fin­ish­ing her race at the Har­vest Run held in Car­bon­ear last month.

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