Skip It!

Dear Crestwood Families,

Community Service has long been an important part of student life at Crestwood; students embrace opportunities to support global and local causes because they know that their efforts can make a difference and help others in need.

At an assembly today, Crestwood’s House Heads outlined the devastation in the Phillippines and other parts of southeast Asia caused by Typhoon Haiyan, as well as the steps that international aid organizations and governments are undertaking to assist relief efforts.   Confident that Crestwood students would want to help, the House Heads have organized a SKIP IT fundraiser whose proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Fund. The Canadian government will match donations, dollar for dollar.

This is how SKIP IT works: between November 20-29, House Heads are challenging Crestwood students to choose to forgo one or more treats or privileges that would have cost money, and to donate that money to the fundraiser instead. For example, a student could skip:

*a trip to the movie theatre

*spending this week’s allowance

*a trip to the ice-cream store

*a family take-out dinner

The dollar value of the donation is not the greatest priority; rather, the opportunity for students to choose to make a personal gift to people in need is the emphasis of this fundraising strategy.

To recognize and celebrate these acts of giving, House Heads will assemble and display SKIP IT giving trees.  Each child who participates in SKIP IT should fill out the leaf, attached to this letter, with his or her name, class, and the treat or privilege skipped.  Please do not record the donation amount on the leaf. The leaf can be submitted, along with the donation, to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, November 29, 2013.   These leaves will be added to the giving trees, and donations will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross, Haiyan Fund.

Thank you for your support.