They sacrificed spending money for Disneyland and camping trips, but Westwood students believe the tsunami relief fund is well worth it – not to mention their principal will soon be sporting a punk purple hairdo.
The notice went out Monday at the elementary school’s assembly: Looking for pennies, silvers, bottles and general money donations – all of which will be donated to the Red Cross. The goal is to collect $1,000 by Friday at which time all donations will be counted and if the monetary amount meets or exceeds the grand mark, Principal Tony Cable and Grade seven teacher Mr. Roy will dye their hair a stylish purple in front of the school Monday.
“The dyeing idea came from Mr. Roy,” said Cable. “He said he’d do it and suggested I join him – which was very, very nice of him.”
In any case the image of their teachers sporting a fashion faux pas atop their domes and aiding tsunami survivors spurred the students to donate their piggy banks.
“It really has been amazing,” said Cable. “These kids have been really generous.”
With some of the students donating their savings for family trips and even people with no connection to the school dropping off jars and boxes of coins, Cable says the money being raised is hugely exceeding their original goal.
“One grade four student even came in with a bag of rolled coins worth $118, which he’s been saving for a camping trip,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we will meet our goal.”
With each student contributing to the campaign Cable is blown away by his students and their generosity.
“I just can’t believe this,” he said. “The response has been wonderful.”
In fact a late Friday morning phone call from Mr. Cable confirmed just how successful the Westwood campaign was.
“We’re looking at $1,355 in cash, approximately $400 in bottles, and 834.6 pounds in coins,” he said excitedly. “I am going sooo purple on Monday.”