About Kids Walk
It's fun, it's easy, and it's educational! And... it's all about Kids Helping Kids!
Join the growing list of schools nationwide that are part of the effort to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). Schools across the country appreciate the educational and monetary benefits of our Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes program and are delighted by how easy it is to participate. JDRF provides a turn-key program, and your school and students enjoy the many benefits.
What is Kids Walk?
The JDRF Kids Walk program is an educational, in-school fundraising program with two goals: to educate students about type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and to provide them with an opportunity to make a difference by raising money for type 1 diabetes (T1D). Our program helps to foster an environment of positive character building and community service in your school. Through their efforts, students learn tolerance and empathy for others and raise awareness of T1D in the community.
JDRF is here to help every step of the way!
JDRF staff tailored the program and worked with us in a very professional, uplifting, and empowering way. They knew what to do and how to pull more than 1,100 students and staff together in the spirit of service for others. Everyone was excited about the event and participated with joy in their heart.
Steven Bollar, Principal
Hartford School, Mount Laurel, NJ
How does the program work?
Working with a JDRF staff member or volunteer, school personnel choose two dates, approximately two weeks apart, at any time during the school year to participate. On the first date, a member of JDRF leads students in an educational kick-off, teaching them about both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the importance of a healthy diet and exercise, and effective and safe fundraising strategies. On the second date, students submit the funds they've raised at a celebratory Walk that is held on the school's campus.
The JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes was a great experience for myself and all the students at my school. Everyone came together to support, help, and learn more about type 1 diabetes. Most students did not know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. By the end of the kick-off, every student knew the difference between the two diseases. Personally I was happy that my friends and fellow classmates understood what I have to go through every day living with type 1 diabetes.
They were all so kind and asked a lot of questions. The students now understand why it is so important that we find a cure! They also know how to help prevent type 2 diabetes by making smart and healthy choices. I would recommend the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes to any school that is interested in educating their students about type 1 diabetes, learning more about JDRF's mission, and most importantly, raising money toward a cure!!!
Emmabella, Fifth Grader
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JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.
For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org.