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Leap year fundraising

Leap years only occur every four years, so make the most of them! Spring into action this February with a fabulous leap year-themed fundraiser.

Did you know...?

  • The Summer Olympics are always held in a leap year.
  • Leap years only occur in years that are divisible evenly by four, e.g. 2016 divided by 4 equals 504.
  • Century years are sometimes an exception to this rule - they are not leap years unless they can be evenly divided by four, e.g. 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600 and 2000 were!
  • People born on 29 February are called 'leaplings' or 'leapers'.
  • The frog is the symbol for 29 February, otherwise known as Leap Day.
  • Queen Margaret of Scotland was apparently five years old when she came up with the notorious 29 February proposal trap, in which women could propose to men.
  • If a man did refuse the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves!

Why not hold a special leap year event?

Countdown challenge: Who can get the closest to the target number 29 (or 366) using five given numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (differentiate for different abilities/ages).

F for February: Make a list of different items beginning with 'F' (for February), and award prizes for those who gets 29 or more!

Leap year leaping: Run a sporting competition involving bunny-hops, long-jump, leap frog, and space-hopper races... hold it as a sponsored event. Read more ideas for running a sponsored events.


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