Because kids are naturally social, and because they typically enjoy giving, walk-a-thons are a perfect activity for them. The benefits of a walk-a-thon are many and include getting the kids out in the fresh air, exercising, and providing a different from of social outlet for them. The combination of these benefits, plus knowing that they are doing something for a great cause, builds self-esteem and gives the students a sense of accomplishment. Most students also like the fact that in addition of the fund raising aspect of the project, they are allowed to wear relaxing clothes such as sweatpants and shorts to school.
Sometimes, even a prize or points are given to those students who get the most pledges, or who earn a specific amount of pledges. These prizes can be in the form of a cash prize to the student, or can result in a free day off from school. Most students look forward to the walk-a-thon and enjoy walking as much as they can to increase the amount of pledges that they bring in. After submitting a permission slip from their parents, allowing their student to participate, the student can then work on getting pledges.