Community Service Drives THIS WEEK: Help the Homeless + Kindness in a Jar
Wed, Nov 14 4:31pm
Hillcrest Elementary

We have two community service drives taking place THIS WEEK, with one final day when we return from break on November 26th.  Please consider supporting these worthy causes:


Hamilton Families - "Help The Homeless" Initiative

Please encourage your children to participate in the school-wide community service project to help the homeless this holiday season. K-8th grade students have a chance to collect items from Hamilton Families' "Winter Wonderland" wish list, with items many homeless individuals and families have requested in Oakland.  Look for a flyer in your child's backpack, and look for donation bins in your classroom.  If you have questions, please email your classroom community service coordinators. 

Have more ideas? Please email Shefali Billon and Katy Anderson.


Kindness in a jar! - Oncology Holiday Gift Program

The Middle School is raising funds this holiday season to support a very special cause - the Oncology Holiday Gift Program. We will support 4 families with children undergoing cancer treatment at Children's Hospital in Oakland by using these funds to buy toys, clothes, gift certificates and other items on these families' wish lists.  To help, order your delicious and beautiful Holiday gifts-in-a-jar! Back by popular demand, we are offering:

COCONUT CURRY SOUP MIX  ($10 each jar, serves 4-6).

OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE MIX  ($12 each jar, makes 15 large or 30 small cookies).

Gluten-free is also available for $2 more per jar.

Mixes are packaged in reusable mason jars (directions are included). These mixes make perfect hostess or holiday gifts or an easy dinner and dessert that your children can make for you! Orders will be hand crafted and available for pickup after the Thanksgiving break. You will also have a chance to buy the items in person at morning circle on Monday, November 26th.

MIXES SELL OUT EARLY so pre-ordering is recommended and EASY! Please indicate how many jars of each you would like to buy, and submit payment via PayPal to . If you would prefer to pay by check, you can mail or drop off payment to the Karaca home at 5898 Romany Rd. Oakland 94618Additional donations beyond the purchase price are welcome and encouraged, as your generosity will make a true difference to these 4 families this holiday season. 

With appreciation to the Hillcrest Community! Please contact  with any questions. Thank you!