An hour walking outside on a cold winter's day will give students a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness. Students will also become aware of poverty-related issues in their community, and enjoy a fun physical activity.
When a school signs up to host a Coldest Day of the Year event, their primary task is to rally their class or school to host a one hour (about 2 km) walk-a-thon in February or March 2020.
We provide an online detailed how-to-guide for organizers. Key principles include:
- Team up: You need one adult leader and a group of supporting students on a team to lead.
- Plan your walk: Think about where your students can walk on or around your school property for an hour.
- Promote and enjoy: Brainstorm ways to talk about the cause, how it might affect your school or community, and how you can encourage students to participate.
- Fundraise and smile: Encourage students or classes to register online or use a pledge sheet to collect donations.
- Finish up: When the event is over, gather up your cash, cheques, pledge sheets, and results. Fill out a simple form summarizing those materials, and send it back to the CDOY headquarters for processing and celebration.
So you're thinking you might join... and you're wondering, "What will my school get to support our campaign if we sign up?"
Good question! Participating schools are supported by our helpful CDOY Team, and each school will receive the following:
- Campaign Kit: A sweet box of campaign fun to help you rally your class or school - posters, buttons, bookmarks, tattoos, and other goodies that say WOW!
- School Guide: An online guide that tells you how to have a safe and fun event.
- Campaign Tools: An array of tools to help your CDOY be successful and meaningful.
- Fundraising Ideas: We've got great student fundraising help, and a big list of fun school-based fundraising ideas too.
- Lesson Plans: Coming in early January! We're working on some lesson plans as we speak.