PRESS RELEASE - December 14, 2021
Yuma, AZ – The Crane Elementary School District partnered with the Arizona Children’s Association in their annual “Gifts of Hope” giving campaign to benefit children during the holiday season. Members of the district participated by sponsoring a child for the season and fulfilling their wish list, which consists of clothes and/or a special request gift. Crane personnel enjoy participating in the program because it benefits local community children. “We participated as a family this year. This campaign provides us with the opportunity for us to teach our children the importance of kindness, compassion, and generosity,” said Theresa Fritton, the Recruitment Marketing Coordinator at Crane Schools.
Kari Tatar, Director of Development for the Arizona Children’s Association in Yuma stated, “Gifts of Hope is an annual campaign where AzCA Angels are essentially adopted by community members or organizations, such as Crane School District. We thank the Crane School District employees and leaders who participated this year for providing our foster children and families with a Merry Christmas by fulfilling their wish lists. These gifts make a direct impact to our families in need that we serve here at Arizona’s Children Association. We can’t thank Crane School District enough for their participation.”
Students at Salida del Sol Elementary School learned about the giving program and wanted to participate in the spirit of giving. Ms. Itzel Silva’s fifth grade Gowan Achievement Program (GAP) class raised a total of $401.00 to benefit the “Gifts of Hope” program. According to Ms. Silva, “My class came up with an action plan to do our part to help the community.” The students organized a non-uniform school day where participating students would pay $1 to go toward the donation. “My students promoted this event by going to all 2nd through 6th grade classes at our school to give a special announcement. Everything was done by the students, including decision-making, making copies, and creating the speech and flyers for classes. This was a great team effort by my students and I am very proud of what they accomplished.” The students initially set a goal to raise $300, and quickly surpassed their goal to $401.
Of the students’ donation, Mrs. Tatar said, “The kindness from Ms. Silva’s 5th grade class showed the philanthropic heart of every human, no matter what age. This was a highlight of our “Gifts of Hope” campaign where we see children helping other children in need. We here at AzCA are truly grateful for their huge efforts and success in their goal with the $401.00 donation to Arizona’s Children Association. This money will be used to fulfill wishes of foster children here in Yuma County.”
We appreciate the essential services that the Arizona Children’s Association provides to our youth community, and value their partnership with our school community. If you’d like to learn more about the “Gifts of Hope” program and how you can help, please visit https://www.arizonaschildren.org/other-ways-to-give/#gifts-of-hope.