Ontario Schools

Find 52: Pass the Baton


Find 52: Pass the Baton connects Ontario schools to our National Relay for students in St. Lucia. Between March Break and the second week of June, schools in Ontario run a relay event. Watch the video below and see what all the excitement is about. 

An enormous thanks to the students and staff of Centennial CVI for organizing not one, but two, running events. (The baked goods were awesome.) Thanks also to CSC MonAvenir schools in Guelph, Cambridge and Waterloo for sponsoring us at La Grand Course” et grand merci to the entire school community of EEC Saint-René-Goupil.

Not in Ontario? Not a problem.

We’re happy to have schools from other areas get involved. Contact us for details. 

I do a lot of running but the world runs on reading. And I encourage all schools to get involved with Find 52: Pass the Baton…and support global literacy.
Canadian Olympic Marathoner

In Words & Pictures

How to run a Find 52: Pass the Baton event at your school
Start by downloading pledge sheets, announcements, and posters. We’ll send you a Really Big Shoe’ into which runners and fans can toss a toonie.” After recording supporter names on your pledge sheets, be sure to send them to us so we can curl them into a specially-labeled baton with your school name and take them to St. Lucia for the next National Relay in 2020.

Check out some of the pictures from 2017 and 2018 when St. Lucia students carried batons from Ontario schools. In 2017, runners completed 4.5 marathons in 5 days. And during our 2018 run, a slightly different route to include a larger number of St. Lucian students, featured a 129 km-relay! That’s 3 full marathons in three days. It is amazing how far your support for literacy can really go! Batons let your students go every step of the way with St. Lucian runners.

Pick a day before the end of the school year that suits you. Go indoors or out: it’s your choice.
Elementary schools can hold their event during a scheduled Track & Field Day. High schools might, like Guelph’s Centennial CVI, organize an annual event. No track? No problem. We want schools to get creative so they can fill their Really Big Shoe’ with tons of toonies. Ultimately, it’s about showing support for literacy and having some fun! Schools that participated in the last two years are listed below.

Here’s what Find 52: Pass the Baton schools receive
Schools should confirm participation by e-mail then we’ll ship you a Really Big Shoe’. Posters, pledge sheets and morning announcements – they’re all downloadable on this page.

Contact us soon to sign up!

Thanks to our 2019 schools
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute Guelph $4000.00
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School Burlington $1364.25
Rickson Ridge Elementary School  Guelph $900.00
Saint James Catholic High School Guelph
École élémentaire catholique Saint-René-Goupil Guelph $455.00
Thanks to our 2018 schools
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute May 30, Guelph $1500.00
École élémentaire catholique St-René Goupil May 14, Guelph $537.00
ES Père-René-de-Galinée June 13, Cambridge $700.00
Anonymous donation $500.00
Thanks to our 2017 schools
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute Guelph $1766.00
École élémentaire catholique St-René Goupil Guelph $582.00
Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Haliburton $5200.00
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic HS Guelph $400.00
St. Leo Catholic School Brooklin $355.00
John Galt Public School Guelph $297.00
École secondaire catholique Père-René-de-Galinée Cambridge $568.00


Find 52: Pass the Baton


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In January 2015, I ran 52 miles in Grenada. Let me dismiss athletic motives; it so happens 52 miles gets you all the way around the island. I did it for money – $40,000 – all of which went to OneWorld Schoolhouse. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015 and so began Find 52.

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber
International Literacy Day 2016
Soufrière Primary ran a relay on September 8, 2016 to celebrate reading. The event was filmed as part of the "run-up" to our first Find 52 Thousand campaign in 2017. Over 1,000 students from grade 3-12 ran 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein
Finding the way for Fundraising
Olympian Jake Holden and Richard Clewes survey the route for Find 52 in January 2016. The duo were joined by St. Lucian Olympic athletes and members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

A road is a song, a poem, a movie, an adventure. It's hope and optimism, and inquisitiveness.

The Angry Isle
Find 52 started in Grenada
52 miles gets you right around this small, beautiful island. Companions on the second day included: Philip Clift from Petite Anse Hotel, an enthusiastic young boy and one very fit dog named "Dodgy".

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.