Charity Commercial Submissions

Is your child a budding filmmaker?

Please note, charity commercial submissions for the 2019 Variety Show are now closed.

We need his/her talents!  Two charities have been chosen by the PTC Board to present to the Elementary School for a vote.  Now we need commercials to educate the students about the charities.  The ES Computer Club previously created the commercials, but we thought it would be fun to see the creativity of all of our students.

This is NOT a contest.  Everyone is a winner.  All commercials submitted will be available on our website, shown to the students before the school-wide vote, and shown the day of the Variety Show.

Here are the rules:

  • Every student at Highlands, elementary or middle, can submit a commercial.
  • You can work alone or in a group.
  • Commercials must be no longer than 1 minute.
  • The commercials must be about one of the two charities.  The commercial must explain what the charity does and who it benefits in a way that even the youngest students can understand.
  • All commercials are due November 1, 2018.
The charities that the students will be voting on are:

There are about 30 diseases that fall under the term Muscular Dystrophy.  What they all have in common is that they are muscle wasting diseases.  The disease affects different muscles in different people.  Many people with Muscular Dystrophy have difficulty with regular tasks.  If it affects your hands, it can be difficult to use a pencil, open a door, or shake someone’s hand.  If it affects your face, it can be difficult to eat, drink, or speak clearly.  Some people need wheelchairs because they have lost muscles in their legs while others need machines to help them breathe.  Please see this fact sheet for more information.

Unfortunately, right now there is no cure for Muscular Dystrophy.  Once you lose muscle function, it does not come back.  This is where the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) comes in.  When you have Muscular Dystrophy, you see A LOT of doctors.  This can mean missing a lot of days, or possibly even weeks, of school to see them all.  The MDA has created clinics at hospitals all over the country where you can see most of your doctors in one day.  And because the doctors are in one place, they can work together as a team to get a patient the best care possible.

The MDA also sponsors a summer camp for kids with MD.  Kids are matched up with a counselor so they can swim, fish, go ziplining, and make smores on campfires.  They make friends who understand their challenges.   Please see this video from the MDA showing clips from their camp.

But the most important mission of the MDA is to fund research all over the world to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy,

Buddy’s Place is run by Pillars Community Health.  It is their childhood grief program, which offers family-based support groups to grieving children, teens, and their families.  Buddy’s Place is committed to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment where each family can come and express their grief and connect with others in a group setting.  There is no charge to attend the programs offered by Buddy’s Place.

Since 2000, Buddy’s Place bereavement program has offered family-based support groups to children and teens ages 4-18 and their families who are grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. Services include:

Monthly Support Groups The Buddy’s Place Monthly Gathering group meets on the second Monday of each month to share a meal and complete a creative, grief-related project.

8-Week Session:  Buddy’s Place offers an 8-week support group each spring and fall. While children and teens engage in goal-oriented activities that are age-appropriate, parents and caregivers participate in a group focused on understanding children’s grief and how to better help the children work through it.

Counseling:  Pillars Community Health clinical staff are also available to provide individual and family counseling for people of all ages who are grieving a death.

As there is no limit to grief, families may take advantage of the program whenever they need it.  Sessions are held in Western Springs.