Ontario Schools

Find 52: Pass the Baton


Find 52: Pass the Baton connects Ontario schools to our annual National Relay for students in St. Lucia. Schools in Ontario run a relay between Labour Day and the last day of the school year. You’ll see the details below.

In Words & Pictures

How to run your Find 52:Pass the Baton event
We’ll provide your school with pledge sheets, batons – and a Really Big Shoe into which runners and fans can toss a toonie.” Add your name to your school’s pledge sheets. We’ll curl them into your own batons and take them to St. Lucia! Throughout their five-day relay, St. Lucia students carry Ontario school batons. Each day, we’ll post pictures of the 200km relay so students in both countries can see just how far their support for literacy has gone!

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 Centennial CVI did in Guelph by having grade competitions. No track? No problem. We want schools to get creative so they can fill their Really Big Shoes with toonies. Ultimately, it’s about showing support for literacy and having some fun! Schools that participated in 2017 are listed below.

Here’s what Find 52: Pass the Baton schools receive
Schools should confirm particiaption by e-mail. 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!

Meet our 2017 participating 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


raised of $10,000 goal

Campaign concluded on Sun, December 31 2017


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Finding the way for Fundraising
Olympian Jake Holden and Richard Clewes survey the route for Find 52x2 St. Lucia 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.

Fundraising is an Uphill Battle
In 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 has gone to our charity. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015.

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 Find 52 Thousand campaign. From July 3-7, 2017, students from grade 3-12 will run 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

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

Albert Einstein
Soirée en Blanc
A few years ago we ran a fun picnic that had 50-100 "flash mob" diners assemble in a secret Caledon location. The "Soiree en Blanc" fundraiser is being revived in St. Lucia, July 2017.

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.