Never give up and keep picking yourself up.
This is the advice given to Comanche students Monday afternoon by David McCord, Comanche native and CHS class of 1981. McCord personally knows a little about not giving up.
Exactly two weeks prior to Monday on April 25, McCord was running in the Boston Marathon. About a mile from the finish line, he was stopped and told he could not finish his first marathon due to a terrorist bombing. Knowing he was returning home for a few days, McCord’s family and friends helped him finally finish his last mile in his hometown.
“They are giving me a chance to finish and I am grateful for all the love and support,” he said. “I’m in the same shirt, the same shorts, the same shoes that I was wearing that day and I get to take back what was taken from me.”
When the time came for McCord to begin his four laps around Comanche’s track, he invited any students who would like to run with him down to do so. Students from kindergartners to seniors flooded the track to be a part of the momentous occasion.
They may have been encouraged or challenged by the speech McCord gave them before the run. He compared training for and running a marathon to the End of Instruction tests they are currently taking.
“I never gave up and never stopped believing in myself,” he said. “Failing in school is not an option, so when you want to give up, pick yourself back up.”
After the race, McCord took the opportunity to shake the hand of every student who ran the last mile with him. To each, he offered a congratulations and a positive remark.
“That was wicked awesome,” McCord said after he broke through his finishing line banner. “It made my day.”
Another positive that came from Monday’s event was money that was raised for one of McCord’s favorite organizations, the Stephens County Humane Society. Since October 2012, for every mile McCord has ran, he has given $1 to the SCHS.
When news of the “finishing mile” broke, T-shirts were made and sold that commemorated the occasion. More than 120 shirts were sold and more could have been if they had been available, said Linda Watson, CHS teacher and McCord’s friend.
“The sale was phenomenal and David’s friends have made large donations,” she said. “When we get it all in, we’re ending up with close to $8,000.”
In attendance at the event were a few of McCord’s canine friends form the SCHS, as well as their human supervisors Kelly Place, Patti Whitaker and Nicole Baldwin. Place expressed gratitude for all McCord has done for the organization.
“It is great and we are so honored and blessed to have a supporter like David,” she said. “We wanted to give him a certificate to express that gratitude.”
Never give up and keep picking yourself up.
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Duncan students set on inclement weather time
So far, Duncan students won’t have to make up any school days missed because of inclement weather.
For several years, the Duncan School District has based its calendar on an hourly schedule instead of a set number of days. This means the school district has to have 1,080 hours of instructional time, as opposed to make sure students are in class 175 days each school year.
“We go more than 1,080 hours,” Labyer said. “As long as we have 1,080 hours, the schools don’t have to make those days up.”
Duncan area Realtors honored at luncheon
Duncan Association of Realtors celebrated those who have made 2013 Christmas Luncheon, including a father and son duo.
Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
Velma’s holiday activities rescheduled
When a winter storm blew in last week it caused several area events to be canceled and rescheduled, including Velma’s Christmas Parade.
After City of Velma officials met Tuesday, they decided to reschedule most of the town’s holiday activities. The Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 on Main Street, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the east of town near the E&S Feed Store.
DMS to establish sixth-grade athletics program
In an effort to instill more school spirit in its sixth-graders, Duncan Middle School is working to establish a sixth-grade athletics program.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Rodney Calhoun, Duncan Public Schools assistant superintendent, talked to board members about the program and the goals associated with sixth-grade athletics. Calhoun said the biggest expense schools accrue while establishing a sixth-grade program is the cost of equipment. He said the Duncan Middle School has plenty of excess equipment to be used for the sixth-grade program.
“Last week, Ponca City launched a sixth-grade program,” Calhoun said. “They spent $200,000 on equipment.”
Deadline Friday for Santa letters
The deadline for getting letters in Santa’s Mailbox, a partnership between the Jolly ‘ol Man and The Duncan Banner, is 5 p.m. Friday.
Saturday to offer plenty of holiday celebrations
If you are still recovering from cabin fever, Saturday is the perfect cure with several events to keep your family busy all day long.
Starting the day off right is Boy Scout Troop 4434’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Freshly made pancakes, bacon, sausage and refreshments are all part of what a ticket will get you at this tasty event.
City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
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