Week of Giving Seeks Support for Two Deserving Causes

Service Learning Coordinator Shelley Deutsch is pleased to share the following information about the upcoming Week of Giving. This year, she has selected two very deserving causes that are already near and dear to some amazing Trailblazers. 

At Sierra Canyon, we have a set of core values that address the intellectual growth of our students. We also set a number of goals, one of which is to help our students build strong minds and kind hearts, and one way we do that is through a beautiful community tradition when we dedicate a week to think about and do for others—we call it the Week of Giving. This year it will take place from September 27 through October 1.
Our entire school (Lower and Upper Campus) will participate in two drives, and we hope that you will join us in assisting others. Team Rubicon responds to disaster relief and is currently assisting almost 10,000 Afghan refugees who are at Fort Bliss, Texas. First grade parent Cory Wenter (Emery ’33), Sierra Canyon Director of Safety and Security (and son-in-law of Robin Kerrigan, Executive Assistant to the Head of School), has been part of Team Rubicon for ten years, and he recently returned from a visit to Fort Bliss. Cory joined Sierra Canyon School in 2014 as a driving force in creating a rigorous and comprehensive emergency management program. He also served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Click HERE for a video from Cory and Emery. Please click HERE to check out the Team Rubicon website.
It is very easy to be a part of this important endeavor. Please click HERE to see a list of needed items for the refugees from the Amazon Wish List. Once you make your purchase, the shipment goes directly to Fort Bliss and is handed to the recipients. Due to the urgency of the situation and the immediate humanitarian need, Team Rubicon is asking that donations be made by Thursday, September 30. You may begin making purchases right away.
Another undertaking at both campuses is collecting lightly loved shoes of all sizes for Shoes for Souls, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity started by Lindsay Sobel ’22, daughter of David Sobel, Assistant Athletic Director-Sports Information, and granddaughter of Howard Wang, one of the two founders of Sierra Canyon School. Lindsay began this project as part of becoming a bat mitzvah, but after learning of the tremendous need, she continued to collect and donate shoes, even throughout the pandemic. To date, she has distributed over 45,000 pairs of shoes to unhoused clients at various organizations including the L.A. Mission, MEND, Shoes for the Homeless, and Soles4Souls, among others. Lindsay has received numerous honors for founding this charity. Lindsay remains determined to make a difference in our community and knows that proper footwear is important, not only for health but also for dignity and self-respect. Click HERE for a video from Lindsay. The shoes will be collected in carpool lines schoolwide from September 27 through October 1.
Thank you in advance to the Sierra Canyon community for thinking about others, doing for others, and supporting our Sierra Canyon families in their service efforts.
Lower School: 11052 Independence Avenue
Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.