As a parent of children at Castelli International school you are warmly encouraged to become an active member of CIPA (Castelli International School Parents’ Association). As well as providing collective feedback to the school’s management and staff, CIPA organises a range of social and cultural activities. One of which is the Spring Fundraiser.
Every year, Castelli parents work tirelessly to secure a good number of prizes for the raffle tickets which the children sell to family and friends. The proceeds of the Easter Raffle went to two charities this year: Jambo Watoto Association and The Association Andrea Tudisco Onlus.
The prize draw is a whole school event and as well as being exciting it provides an opportunity for the children to learn more about and reflect on the work of the charities they have been raising money for.
Classes do their own charity fundraising too
On Sports Day, the elementary children organised a cookie sale, the proceeds of this fund raiser went to The Collateral Repair Project, a refugee organisation based in Jordan that gives support to refugees and their children giving them food, clothes and an education
Castelli International School has supported Jambo Watoto, since 2015. The charity’s name means “hi kids” in Swahili and this organisation provides support to African communities (predominantly in Kenya) to improve living conditions and rights of children living there. They work on reducing illiteracy and improving life chances. This is the third year Castelli International School has supported this charity.
The Association Andrea Tudisco Onlus.
This charity provides support and care for children suffering from serious or terminal illnesses in Italy and their families. These are children whose conditions mean they need to travel to specialist facilities in Rome. The organisation provides services such as clown therapy and play therapy for the children and temporary accommodation, legal, social and, psychological support to families, as well as hospital transport.
The Collateral Repair Project
Collateral Repair Project is a grassroots effort to bring much-needed assistance to refugees and other victims of war and conflict—those commonly referred to as “collateral damage.” We seek to repair some of this damage and, through these efforts, foster peace and reconciliation.
They are located in Amman, Jordan—home to hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Other activities organised by CIPA
Further examples of CIPA’s work include: Sports Day, Music under the Stars, the Halloween Party and Pot Luck Suppers. Each class elects two parents to act as class representatives and coordinators. Full details are provided during the annual Coffee Morning, when new parents and children are welcomed to the school at the beginning of September.