Ontario Schools

Find 52: Pass the Baton


Find 52: Pass the Baton gets Ontario schools connected to the St. Lucia National Relay in July. Ontario students Toss a Toonie” into a Really Big Shoe, then add their names to a school pledge sheet. After a school’s event is done, all pledge sheets are mailed to us. We curl them into plastic batons, label them by school, then take them to St. Lucia. Throughout the five day relay, St. Lucia students will be running with Ontario schools’ batons. Each day, we’ll post pictures of the relay so students in both countries can see just how far their support for literacy has gone!

In Words & Pictures

How to run a Pass the Baton event
A school can do its Pass the Baton” during a scheduled Track & Field Day. Or pick another day that’s more convenient. High schools can organize grade competitions during a designated period to see which grade can accumulate the most laps on their track. No track? No problem; get creative and maximize student participation in other ways. Ultimately, it’s about tossing a Toonie and getting as many people as possible to pledge support for literacy!

What Pass the Baton schools receive
Once a school confirms its participation by e-mail, we’ll ship you a Really Big Shoe… to catch all your Toonies! All the other stuff you’ll need – Pass The Baton posters, pledge sheets and morning announcements – are downloadable on this page.

Contact us to sign up!

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


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