Lending a helping hand
Victoria student helps a fellow racer at Harvest Run
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
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.