Thorn­hill girl makes key chains for Sick­Kids

The six-year-old has made 300 Cas­sidy’s Key­chains since Septem­ber

Thornhill Post - - News - By Jes­sica Wei

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

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