The Philanthropy Act


What is this event about?

Luckily, this day comes right before exams and summatives start. Take this day as the time where you relieve all the stress you're getting just thinking about all these evaluations. Learn a bit about what philanthropy is, and why it's so important to become a philanthropist yourself. Find out the effects of donating to charities of all kinds and stories of other famous philanthropists like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or even the mom that started the Ice Bucket Challenge, Nancy Frates. Have a great day learning about doing good and start feeling a little happier yourself, since people do enjoy the act of giving more than giving for themselves.

The end goal of this event is simply to raise understanding for what philanthropy is and possibly to make sure that by the end of the day, students feel the need to become philanthropists themselves.

The Philanthropy Act : RHSS Carnival

Thursday, May 28th, 10:30am-3pm

1150 Dream Crest Road

Mississauga, ON


10:30 am - classes will be dismissed for the event

10:45 am - assemblies for each grade commences

* grade 9-10's in the cafeteria

* grade 11-12's in the gym

12:00 pm - assemblies end for all grades

12:05 pm - carnival opens on the side field

*students can eat lunch during the carnival as well

*food will be sold outside at the carnival

3:00 pm - carnival ends & students are dismissed

What kinds of activities are there?

During the assemblies, students will talk about what philanthropy is, and how simple it is to donate. Videos about philanthropists retelling why they chose to do what they do would be played to encourage students to realize the struggles other people still live through around the world.
Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we've done...

Sure, the carnival seems like all fun and games. But each game or ride will cost 25 cents to enter or play. The money raised from the games and food sold will go towards the Family Services of Peel, a charity that provides counselling services, employment services, education services and more.

The grade (9, 10, 11, or 12) with the highest participation in the games will be rewarded with hamburger parties in their homeroom classes the Friday the following week courtesy of Hero Burger! Each person who pays to play any of the games will be asked their grade, to keep track of which grade will win.

The carnival features a bouncy castle with facts taped up inside. These facts will talk about different kinds of charities out there you can donate to, from charities in your local community to all over Canada. When coming out of the bouncy castle, those who can name 5/10 of these facts can get a free ticket to one other game.

Another activity includes a physical pyramid of necessities. Students will wear a bungee cord and try to run and get to the top of the pyramid. However, the pyramid is really long and therefore, will make it harder to reach those necessities. By the end of the game, students will realize that some people in the world are not fortunate to have everything first world countries take for granted. The hopes of this game is to spark more empathy with those in third world countries and to encourage students to feel the need to help others get their basic necessities.

How to gauge the success of the event:

All activities will have various ways in making sure that not only are students going to have fun, but will also gain knowledge of philanthropy along the way. The success of this event will ride on the idea that students will come to the games, get those free tickets given at the bouncy house, and also to feel engaged in the assembly. When students come to the games, it shows that not only are the games seemingly fun to play, but also ensures that there is the chance that they will learn at least one fact that they can spread to others. The free tickets are only given when one can retell at least 5 facts about philanthropy to the attendant waiting at the exit of the bouncy house, which means that the student obviously learned something while inside. Lastly, how the students will respond to the assemblies is another way to figure out if the event achieved its goal. Whether they are engaged in answering questions, or if they seem interested in watching videos on other popular philanthropists will determine the success.