(Pictured above: South Crosby Public School student
Emma Cark fulfilled a pledge to shave her head in
memory of her friend Parker Simpson.)
South Crosby Public School Continuing “Park it with Parker” Fundraising Campaign
April 6, 2017 (Elgin, ON) – South Crosby Public School (SCPS) is raising funds to build a pavilion in memory of a young student who died from cancer.
The Park it with Parker campaign hopes to generate $20,000 to build the pavilion on school grounds in memory of Parker Simpson. The 8-year-old SCPS student succumbed to the disease on February 8 of this year. The school has launched an ongoing campaign to collect community donations and has organized several fundraisers to pay for the 16 by 18-foot structure. The pavilion will provide shelter for students and will be equipped with buddy benches, flowers, shrubs and decorated along a Star Wars theme – an homage to Parker’s favourite movie franchise. So far, the school has raised more than $7,500 when community donations are factored in.
“It’s to remember him and to help us heal from his loss,” said South Crosby Principal Monique Antoine-Hartley of the reasons behind the fundraiser. “We need to do this so that we always remember him and his courageous fight.”
The first major fundraising event took place on March 31, when the school hosted a “Toonie Toss.” Students brought in toonies to see who could throw their coins closest to a target on the gym floor. The school had pledged if students raised $500, Kindergarten Teacher Carrie Nolan would cut off her braided pigtail and donate the hair to Wigs for Kids to create wigs for young cancer patients. Students raised over $1,200, so Nolan clipped off her pigtail and student Emma Clark shaved her entire head and an additional $1,250 in community donations to support this event was raised.
The next major fundraiser will be held on June 1, when the school plans a carnival in Parker’s memory with horse and wagon rides, a bouncy house, face painting and a green screen photo booth where people can have their photos taken with Darth Vader. The event will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A collection jar will also be displayed at the school’s Canada 150 Celebration on June 15.
The school hopes to erect the pavilion this summer.
Posted April 6, 2017