Leap year fundraising
Leap years only come around every four years, so
celebrate the extra day in February with a leap-year themed
fundraiser, celebration or challenge. In 2020 the leap day is on a
Saturday, perfect for family events.
1 Leaping course
Set up a course outside using the sports equipment available at
your school. Choose from bunny hops, long-jumps, leapfrogs, hurdles
and space hopper races. Send a letter home explaining your chosen
activity and include a sponsor form. On the day, give pupils a set
amount of time to complete as many obstacles as they can. Make
extra profits by inviting parents along to support the children and
laying on refreshment stalls for them.
2 Class activities
Ask teachers to host a class challenge with the PTA donating
prizes for the winners:
F is for February: Make a list of different items beginning with
'F' (for February).
Hold a leap-year themed Countdown challenge where pupils must get
closest to the target number of 29 (or 366) using five given
numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Adjust the difficulty according to age and ability.
Hold a four times table speed challenge. Record the times and award
prizes for the fastest and most enthusiastic.
3 Leap day festivities
Anthony, Texas claims to be the 'leap year capital of the world'
and holds a four-day festival to celebrate the event. Celebrations
are varied and in the past have involved a golf tournament, nature
hike, 5K run, barbecue, wine tasting and parade. Pick one of these
events and celebrate along with them - hold it on any day from 28
February - 1 March to coincide with the actual festival.
4 Frog Fair
The frog is the symbol of 29 February, so put the leap into leap
year with a frog fair. Hold leapfrog competitions and activities
such as frog-puppet making and frog origami. Serve amphibian-themed
foods (green cupcakes anyone?).
5 Time capsule
Invite children to write letters to their future selves and pay
50p to have them put in a time capsule - a box to be kept somewhere
safe until the following leap year when everyone can open and read
their letters. Remember, not all year groups will still be at the
school in four years.
Ask the parents
Appeal to parents by asking them to volunteer for the PTA for
just two hours of their extra day - after all, they'll get another
22 hours! If you're not holding an event on the 29th, how about
hosting an open DIY day, where parents can come and contribute
their two hours by painting, mending and brightening up the
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