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The Great Gulp

Promoting and Celebrating tap Water in Peel

What is The Great Gulp?

The Great Gulp is an annual event held every March to help create awareness about the importance of Peel drinking water in our lives.

During Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 30, 2018 schools were invited to take part in ‘The Great Gulp’ by organizing a school-wide, synchronized drink of tap water.

The event, along with additional tap water activities, creates a memorable learning experience where students have the opportunity to learn about tap water in Peel.

All participating schools are entered into a draw to win a tap water refill station.

To register for the ‘The Great Gulp’ simply choose a participation date and register online. Registration is now OPEN

Tweet your school performing The Great Gulp at #thegreatgulp

School Activities – Making the most of Your Experience

Participating in The Great Gulp is a fun way to spark awareness about tap water. Create an even larger splash with the sample activities listed below. Combining your Great Gulp celebration with these activities can also earn your school points towards Ontario EcoSchools certification.

  1. Host a 30 minute whole school assembly: Promote the benefits of tap water. Allow student to be creative through song, visual arts or an informative presentation.
  2. World Water Day: Create a Media Campaign: Students explore water conservation and the impact that human activity has on natural resources. Visit Ontario EcoSchools Curriculum Archives under grade 4-8 for full details on how to design and implement a campaign.
  3. Learn the cost of water: Compare the price of drinking water in Peel Region to the cost of other life requirements. Discuss how this compares with essential versus non-essential expenses.
  4. Compare the cost of water: Research and rank the cost of drinking water in the Region of Peel to that in other municipalities and or countries.
  5. Shatter water myths: Share facts from peeltapwater.ca over morning announcements during Canada Water Week.
  6. Take the ’30 Day tap water challenge’: Challenge your school to a one-month contest to see which class has the best participation in using reusable bottles filled with tap water.
  7. Decorate the school fountain: Create a mural or posters that say ‘I love my tap water’ to adorn the wall around the fountain and raise awareness of the benefits of tap water.
  8. Set up a tap water sampling station: Let students sample the cool refreshing taste of tap water. Add limes, lemons, or strawberries to make it extra tasty.
  9. Host a ‘Blue W scavenger hunt’: Have students look up Blue W locations (businesses that offer free tap water refills) close to their favourite hangouts, running routes, and sports fields. Visit peeltapwater.ca for Blue W locations.
  10. Take a trip: Extend the learning outside of the classroom and book a Peel Water Story bus tour, or use the Peel Water Story teacher resources in the classroom. Visit www.peelwaterstory.ca for more information
  11. Compare the nutritional difference. Take a look at the sugar content of drinks such as chocolate milk, pop, fruit juice, and sport drinks. Create a visual display to show how much sugar is added in each drink. Check out SipSmart!TM Ontario poster: How Much Sugar is in your Drink
  12. Health Benefits of Tap Water. Compare the effects of water on teeth vs sugar filled drinks on teeth.
  13. Student reusable water bottle tracking sheet. Post a tracking sheet and use it to monitor the how many students bring a reusable water bottle to school. Contact your schools Public Health Nurse to learn more about this campaign.
  14. How does water move through your body? Students explore how water moves through our bodies (water in, water out) and the importance water plays in bodily functions (tears, sweat, urine, etc.). http://www.healthylivingforlife.org/_web-assets/pdfs/water-promo/Tap into Health Water Promotion Toolkit/Water Promotion Toolkit.pdf
  15. Apply for BrightBites badges to enter in Hall of Fame! Achieve recognition for all the water related activities done in your school! Schools or classrooms can apply for Water Promotion badge or SipSmart!™ badge (grades 3-7). Visit www.brightbites.ca

The Great Gulp Prize Winners

The fourth annual ‘The Great Gulp’ was held this year at 262 Peel schools and had over 130,000 students participating. See below for this year’s winners and participating schools.

2017 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • James Grieve
  • Homelands Senior Public School
  • St. Joachim Catholic School
  • St. Andre Bassette


Please join us in recognizing the following schools in their efforts to celebrate/make the most of the event.

St. Alfred

St. Alfred hosted is a “Mindful Drink Meditation” that was done with the whole school to allow students to reflect on the importance of drinking tap water in our daily lives.

Chinguacousy Secondary School

Chinguacousy Secondary School celebrated The Great Gulp with a school assembly highlighting the importance of safe easy access to tap water and lots of enthusiasm.

Father C.W. Sullivan

Father C.W. Sullivan hosted a whole school assembly with a presentation about drinking tap water as a healthy alternative for students. Along with celebrating the Great Big Crunch they took a crunch and a drink.

James Bolton Public School

James Bolton Public School featured water facts during for their synchronized drink of tap water, while eager classes competed to have the most students participating in The Great Gulp with the winning class getting a free PE period.

James Grieve

James Grieve hosted a whole school assembly promoting drinking tap water.

The Great Gulp 2016

The third annual ‘The Great Gulp’ was held this year at 166 Peel schools and had over 86,000 students participating. See below for this year’s winners and participating schools.

2016 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • Levi Creek Public School
  • Lorne Park Public School
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz
  • St. Catherine of Sienna

The Great Gulp 2015

The third annual 'The Great Gulp' was held at 135 Peel schools and had over 70,000 students participating to help create awareness about the importance of Peel drinking water in our lives.

2015 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • Artesian Drive Public School
  • Thornwood Public School
  • Catherine of Siena School
  • St. Simon Stock

Stainless steel water bottle for the whole school

  • Castlemore Public School
  • Heart Lake Secondary School
  • St. Margaret of Scotland
  • St. Paul Catholic Secondary School

Revised: Friday March 02 2018


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