The 11th annual Tooth Fairy 200-meter foot race was held in conjunction with physical education classes at White Sulphur Springs Elementary school.
There were 86 runners in grades K-2 who ran a 200m course around the playground, racing against the clock for sprinters glory.
Categories for racers were by grade level with the fastest times for boys and girls being crowned “Tooth Fairy Grand Champions.”
“This was an idea that was cooked up 11 years ago to get the younger students involved with fitness, hygiene and to tie their own shoes”, said Physical Education teacher Tracy Asbury. “It worked too as several kids learned to tie shoes during the week. That’s a lot less bending over for faculty and parents…less tripping too.”
This year’s titles were won by first grader Henley Anderson winning for the second year in a row to take the boys Grand Champion with a lap of 36.04 seconds. First grader Ava Masters recorded a lap of 40.54 seconds to win the girl’s Grand Champion trophy. All students were awarded a special certificate and some gifts, while grade level champions received recognition at a school announcements and prizes.
“With good running times being turned in each year, either the course is shrinking or my students are getting faster” stated Asbury. “The thing about this race is that we will have new qualifiers all of the time. The Tooth Fairy is the busiest dude I know of, even busier than Santa and the Easter Bunny. There isn’t a recession with the Tooth Fairy.”
This has become quite the prestigious award for kindergarten-2nd grade students, adding to the saying, “The will to win must be accompanied by the will to prepare.”
“All of the excitement and anticipation for the race encourages the younger students to work harder in PE class,” said Asbury.
In closing, Asbury and the students would like to dedicate this year’s race to Ronald Asbury, who is battling and winning against cancer; who is showing the school and the students his courage as he fights his personal battle with class and dedication.
The list of winners is as follows:
WINNERS OF THE 2020 WSSES TOOTH FAIRY 200
“Missing Teeth and Tying Shoes”
Boy: Henley Anderson, 36.04 sec., first grade
Girl: Ava Masters, 40.54 sec., first grade
Boy: Braxton Honaker, 40.28 sec.
Girl: Athena Marshall, 45.84 sec.
First Grade Champions:
Boy: Jase Nester, 43.36 sec.
Girl: Elizabeth Berry, 41.71 sec.
Second Grade Champions:
Boy: Ryker Adwell, 36.44 sec.
Girl: Ella McCoy, 43.26 sec.