Thornhill girl makes key chains for SickKids
The six-year-old has made 300 Cassidy’s Keychains since September
On a parent-teacher night at Rosedale Heights Public in Thornhill, parents were greeted by a burst of colour in the front hall: A young girl, wearing a SickKids bandana, had set up a table, selling fluorescent handmade key chains for two bucks a pop.
The student, Cassidy Skolnik, is a Grade 1 student at Rosedale. Since September, she has been devoting an hour a day making key chains out of colourful melting beads to sell for SickKids Hospital.
“She just has a big heart,” said Cassidy’s mom. “She wanted to make these for charity, and I suggested SickKids.”
Six-year-old Cassidy is no stranger to the children’s hospital. She was born premature, and spent the first days of her life in their neonatal intensive care unit. She returned again when she was 18 months old for another medical treatment.
These days, she’s making 12 to 20 key chains in a day, hoping to raise hundreds of dollars for the hospital. By 4 p.m. on that parent-teacher night, she had raised $350.
Her five-year-old sister, Paige, also helps her with the key chains. Together, they meticulously assemble the beads, five in a row, in all sorts of patterns and colours, before fusing them together to create a hard, plastic square tag. Some of them are zigzag patterned, some are striped and others minimally colour blocked. Cassidy said that her favourite combination is pink and teal.
She’s made over 300 Cassidy’s Keychains for Kids, and she’s already getting involved with other students. Earlier this year, a member from the school’s student council approached her to do a joint fundraising project.
“We asked Cassidy why she wanted to do this,” said Cassidy’s teacher Kelly Rein. “Cassidy’s answer was, she’s not an adult, so she can’t be a doctor, so she’s going to help raise money to help doctors. That’s her way of giving back.”
Beyond the actual construction of the key chains, Cassidy spends a lot of time planning other aspects of her fundraising project, including drawing signs on bristol board and designing and affixing tags to each of the key chains. These tasks she’s devoted all her recesses for. “I stayed in for recess,” said Cassidy proudly. “I was fine to not play.” At this rate, she may not see a free recess for a long time, as she plans on making these key chains every year.
She’s going to help raise money to help doctors. That’s her way of giving back.”
Six-year-old Cassidy Skolnik is raising money for SickKids with key chains