World Diabetes Day | School Blue-nity How To Guide

Original creation made by Caleb and Lorraine

For the past three years we have acknowledged World Diabetes Day at Caleb’s school. This was born from the need for awareness – Caleb’s first year in elementary school included some unfortunate bumps in the road. As his principal and I took steps to improve protocols, at her suggestion, we decided an annual World Diabetes Spirit Day would not only benefit Caleb emotionally and physically, but also serve to educate the community at large.

It has been an enormous success!

The first year we asked staff and students to wear blue and donate $1 to the JDRF.

His classmates showed support

His classmates showed support

The next year we asked staff and students to wear blue and I created an awareness video that was shown during each lunch wave. (Please feel free to download it and use it too!)


Last year, we asked staff and students to wear blue, we showed the awareness video, assembled all of Caleb’s grade in a blue circle and asked people to donate dollars and supplies to support Team Type 1′s initiative to assist the children of Rwanda living with diabetes.

We like to call this annual initiative School Blue-nity.

There are many ways you can coordinate something similar at your child’s school, your workplace or both.

Check out Sanofi’s blog, Discuss Diabetes, and how they’ve mapped out how you can “Make Blue Cool at School.

Mike Lawson from the Diabetes Hands Foundation gives you simple instructions on how you can incorporate the Big Blue Test as an event. Each person that participates translates to $5 donated to people living with diabetes in need. Do you have ten people in your office? That’s $50. 100 people? $500. 400 staff and students at your child’s school? That’s $2,000!!! So easy and such a worthy cause!


I created a flyer that can be used to promote the Blue Fridays initiative of “Think Blue, Wear Blue.” and The Big Blue Test in one. Copy and distribute – IT COULD NOT BE EASIER!!

If you’ve ever wanted to do something for diabetes awareness or to recognize World Diabetes Day but didn’t know where to start, please check out any or all of these resources!

It’s easy and it makes a difference.

Diabetes Parenting Week at Life of a Diabetic | Guest Post

Christ Stocker who writes The Life of a Diabetic, held a special guest blogger week featuring parents of children with diabetes. Included in the line-up are:

Bennet Dunlap of YDMV who speaks about the FDA

Wendy Rose of Candy Hearts Blog who shares a story about diabetes intuition

Scott Benner of Arden’s Day who discusses how kids need to be kids

and myself with how we handled the transition from summer days at home, to structured school days these past couple of weeks.

Hop on over to Chris’ part of the interweb and take a peek at what they all had to say.

Thanks, Chris for another opportunity to guest post. It’s always an honor.

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World Diabetes Day – Awareness

Original creation made by Caleb and Lorraine

Last year I created a video to show the students in Colin’s, Caleb’s and Lila’s schools in an effort to spread awareness and increase understanding of type 1 diabetes. We showed it during lunch, it looped over and over, and staff walked around and asked the children questions about what they saw to reinforce the key points.

Did all 800 plus kids walk away knowing everything there is to know about diabetes? No. But it was an easy, fun and non-instrusive way to get the word out and I believe more than several walked away with a better understanding. At a very minimum they learned that there were three students on their campus living with diabetes and doing everything all the other kids do. Selfishly, that’s my primary goal: to have others see Caleb as Caleb first and not as the kid who has this mysterious disease.

There was an unexpected benefit. I now have a video that can be used by anyone who wants to do the same thing. Several people have contacted me asking if they can use it in their own advocacy efforts. If you have the opportunity to increase awareness but aren’t sure what to do, check out the video and see if you can incorporate it into your plans.

Credit for use of video or image given to This is Caleb... is appreciated.