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School Fundraising Ideas: Host a School Walkathon
Looking for a healthy fundraising idea that has proven to be successful for schools time and time again? How about hosting a school walkathon?
As parents and educators, we are interested in teaching children about how a healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall esteem, productivity, and enjoyment of life. In our society today there is a tendency for children to make unhealthy choices…eating fast-food, playing video games, and not getting enough exercise. This is a constant topic in the news and a concern with educational institutions and parents. For that reason, we encourage educators and parents to continue to look for opportunities that send the message of the importance of building an overall healthy lifestyle.
This is one reason why walkathons have become so popular! Of course there are many other reasons school administrators choose walkathons for fundraising events. Not only do walkathons combine exercise and fun for the community, but they also provide the opportunity to generate significant income without high overhead costs. Walkathons are especially great for sports teams, as they support health and wellness and encourage teamwork.
Walkathons bring the entire community together. Local businesses get involved though sponsoring the event and reaching out to employees to participate. Volunteers in the community donate their time to help with event details such as registration, setting up the pit-stops and hosting the post-event celebration, where local restaurants and entertainers can also get involved.
There are other great events that follow the same format as a walk-a-thon that you may wish to consider. Some of these events include: bowl-a-thons, run-a-thons, and swim-a-thons.