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Westies Give Thanks & Give Back Bash

As we approach the season of thanks and giving... we're getting our Westy families back together for an evening of fun, giving thanks, celebrating kindness, and learning about helping those we can!

WHEN: Friday, November 17th, 6-8pm

WHERE: WTES Gym/Cafeteria

WHO: All of our Westy families

DETAILS: In the spirit of giving, during this event we will be collecting donations for the organization, Comfort Cases, based out of Rockville, MD. Watch this short video to see why we fell in love with this organization and their mission:

Click here for a list of the items we will be collecting. In addition to collecting items for the Comfort Cases, we will also have craft stations for our students to decorate bookmarks and make bracelets to send to the children who are helped by Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases calls this concept, #KIDSHELPINGKIDS.

All children who either bring an item to donate and/or decorate a bookmark/make a bracelet to give, will receive this exclusive, "I'M A PROUD WESTY #KIDSHELPINGKIDS" event sticker! Any families who bring an item to donate may also provide us with their contact information to be entered to win two tickets to the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees (a $40 value!)

We also want this event to encourage our Westies to think about the things and people for which they are grateful. We're going to have a "Thankful Wall" covered in paper where students can share these ideas in writing for all to see.

But wait! There's more! Another station will be called, "Kindness ROCKS" where students can paint rocks that will be displayed outside of school for everyone to enjoy!

And when the kiddos aren't writing messages and crafting we'll have fun music playing for dancing and access to the gym equipment for some good ol' fashion FUN!! There will be something for everyone!

Come hungry because we will have food trucks, a hot cocoa and cookie truck, and a coffee truck to give you that extra pep to keep up with our WILD and wonderful Westies!!

But make sure you save some $$ for Westy merch including a fun new item we will have on sale!

In order to make sure we have enough supplies and that this remains a fun, safe, and orderly event we need some help from you:

  1. RSVP & Volunteers: Please help us get an accurate headcount by RSVPing by November 6th. We also need parents to help setup and oversee games/gym equipment stations and craft tables. You can RSVP and see Volunteer opportunities here:

  2. Supplies: Help us make sure our craft tables are fully stocked by purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist for this event:

  3. Spread the word! Our posts and emails only go to those who have joined as PTA Members, subscribed to our website newsletters, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We know there are more Westy families out there so please help by sharing the link to this post with your fellow Westy friends!

Finally, there's another way you can help the Comfort Cases organization right now that doesn't cost you a thing! Now through December 31, 2023, Target Circle Members can cast votes earned from their Target purchases for Comfort Cases to help them receive a share of Target's corporate giving. Go here and login to cast your votes! You can do this ongoing as you collect points from shopping! (Now you can "blame" your Target spend on just wanting to get more points to vote;-))

Thank you in for continuing to support our initiatives and we look forward to seeing all of our fellow Westy families on November, 17th!


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