FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to find us:
Once you get to the South Hill Mall, follow signs to the Fitness Loop inside the mall.
What to wear:
We want to see how uniquely exceptional you can be! Wear the craziest pair of socks you've got - mismatched, colorful, hand-painted, neon...anything goes. The rest of your outfit can also be festive, and we wouldn't be surprised to see tutu's, crazy wigs, or even capes. Please express yourself through your clothes. Our goal is to showcase our uniqueness and beauty as individuals, which will highlight the fact that children with special needs are truly exceptional.
Form a team! Bring a sign! We want to draw lots of attention as we walk the South Hill Mall. Your sign can list your team name, a child you're walking for, your favorite hashtag (we're partial to #Dare2BExceptional and #IAMexceptional), or your favorite slogan (we really like "Be a friend, not a bully!"). The choice is yours. The more people we have walking around this very busy shopping center, the more attention we'll get from the community. We want to bring awareness to the issue of bullying against children with special needs, as well as inspire people to make more respectful choices that embrace our individual uniqueness.
Check in process:
Once you find the check in table, if you've already registered online, you can simply gather up your swag bag and walk passport and wait for the announcements. If you haven't registered, take a moment to pay your entrance fee, get your swag bag and walk passport, and then join the fun.
Each person will receive a walk passport. This is an event program that includes a schedule of events and recognizes our event sponsors. The passport itself is on the back, and features bullying facts and tips. Along the route, walk ambassadors will be stationed at tables and will offer you a stamp/sticker to complete one of our tips related to bullying. At the end of the walk, you should have 10 total tips completed to create a great resource for you to keep.
After the walk, enjoy meeting local organizations, companies and agencies. Each table will have an activity for your family to enjoy.
The #Dare2BExceptional walk is a way to bring awareness to the major issue of bullying, particularly among special needs children. October is bullying awareness month, and we want to do our part to advocate for our exceptional kids and show the community that bullying is never okay - especially when children with a special needs diagnosis are the target. Proceeds from this event will benefit the support and education programs of the Exceptional Families Network, a Washington State 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers families that have children with special needs. At EFN, we believe children with special needs are exceptional! Learn more at www.exceptionalfamilies.org.
Here are the Resource Fair vendors we've confirmed so far: