Dear VPP Families,
We are approaching the time of year when we reflect on the joys we share as a family, as well as the joys that come from being a part of a greater school community that values the whole child and service learning. At VPP we have a very special tradition we hope will prove to be a great way to teach our youngsters the power and joy of giving back to our community.
VPP has teamed up with Community Bank of the Bay in a wonderful fundraising event that will benefit kids just like ours who are going through difficult times. We want to stress that participation is voluntary.
What we are asking is for our kids to donate a new teddy bear, 18” or smaller, with the tag on. We are going to have bins at school to collect the Bears from November 12th to the 19th. The kids will write their names on tags and place a special ribbon on it.
All of the Bears are going to be donated to “Project Night Night”, a wonderful Bay-Area-Based Non-Profit that provides a tote bag with a blanket, a book, and a stuffed animal to homeless children across the country.
Community Bank of the Bay is making it more special by first displaying the Bears at their bank for a couple of weeks for them to be “adopted” by their clients. All the money raised with the adoption of the bears is going to be donated to “Capes 4 Heroes” which is a Danville-based non-profit run by our very own VPP parent Barbara Casados. She makes and donates superhero capes for critically and terminally ill children across the country.
Once all of the bears are adopted, Community Bank of the Bay has invited the kids to have milk and cookies at the bank where they will see the bears once again. This is absolutely voluntary and is going to be after school hours, with more information to come on the date(s) and time(s). We will also have some press coverage at this event.
We encourage you to visit www.projectnightnight.org and http://capes4heroes.com/ to see the work they are doing for the kids in our area and across the country. We want you to be the one to tell your kids how important the bear she/he is donating and how it is going to be special for someone just like them.
At VPP our priority is the education of the whole child and this could be an experience and an opportunity to empower and help the next generations to be compassionate and active in our communities.