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Cozy National Sweater Day ideas for the classroom

With just one week to go, students at Golden Learning Centre, a JK–8 school in Balmerton, Ontario, are getting excited for their third straight National Sweater Day!

© R. Blais / Golden Learning Centre

© R. Blais / Golden Learning Centre

In 2013, the school turned down the heat for two days, sold hot chocolate during breaks (raising $175 for WWF!) and filled their hallways with students and staff wearing colourful sweaters. They saved 480.96 kWh of energy, equivalent to 2,405 hours of video games or over 48,000 pieces of toast popped!

© R. Blais / Golden Learning Centre

© R. Blais / Golden Learning Centre

Compounding the school’s impact, nearby offices of Goldcorp also took part in National Sweater Day, turning down the heat in buildings and helping students with a sweater drive. Between Golden Learning Centre and Goldcorp, 179 sweaters were collected and passed on to local community organizations. Sweater drives or clothing swaps are great events for National Sweater Day  because too much fashion isn’t good for the Earth. Your sweater is made from something that was once alive — and water and oil were used in its creation. Making sure unwanted clothes don’t end up in landfills cuts down on fashion’s footprint!

Learning Centre

© R. Blais / Golden Learning Centre

Students and staff at GLC say National Sweater Day is quickly becoming one of their favourite annual events. We’re looking forward to a warm and cozy day in classrooms across the country. Hope your classroom plans to join us on February 6!

National Sweater Day is made possible through partial proceeds from the sale of plastic shopping bags in Loblaw banner stores across Canada. Since 2009, Loblaw Companies Limited has donated one million dollars annually to WWF, for a total of six million dollars, to support activities that engage Canadians on climate change and other conservation issues.