You’ll need a leader, commander, captain: someone who can steer the CNOY ship and has a natural talent for bringing people together. This can be a teacher, principal, staff member, or administrator - anyone with a big heart who can get students excited about CNOY.
Reach out to a local charity in your community that is already participating in Coldest Night of the Year. (You can find an official CNOY charity close to you by visiting cnoy.org/locations.)
Talk to them about supporting their work through your own school CNOY - they’ll be overjoyed! The charity is your main CNOY contact point; they’ll supply you with resources to help make your walk fun.
Create a route for your school walk that is easy for your students to access - in most cases, this should be on your school’s campus. Outdoors is best (around a soccer field for example), but in a pinch you can even walk the halls or around your school’s gymnasium.
Then, select a date and time that fits in well with your school’s schedule. We highly recommend walking between February 20 and 25 - this is the week preceding CNOY’s official event date. Closer to the evening is better (since this is the Coldest Night of the Year).
You’re going to need a team page to collect online donations! The leader you’ve selected should be the captain of this team and the ‘face’ of this school event.
Get the word out! You’re walking & fundraising for CNOY, say it loud and proud. Promote widely - share your team page link with students and encourage them to join, fundraise, and collect pledges. Hype it up, incentivize, and recognize hard workers.
A few ideas to get the ball rolling:
Sorry, beanies are for participants in the main event only! School events will not be shipped boxes of beanies for event day. If students have their hearts set on earning a beanie, they are welcome to sign up online to attend a CNOY main event - they must raise $150 to earn their beanie ($75 if they are under 18).
Our liability coverage does not extend to your school, nor any activity you or your participants decide to pursue. CNOY’s insurance only applies to participants attending the main event during event day, not to offsite events.
CNOY Waivers are not required for any school-based event, since neither the local charity nor the national CNOY headquarters are extending insurance for your event. However, schools may collect their own waivers from participants if they choose to do so.
We prefer you walk offsite (preferably on your school’s grounds), not at your charity’s main event. Most CNOY events simply do not have the capacity to accommodate the volume of participants that schools would entail.
Login to your team page Fundhub, visit ‘Enter $$ and Checks’, and follow the instructions to pay off the pledges by credit card. Eligible donors will automatically receive tax receipts.