Spirit of Giving Remains Strong

Crescent boys are leading charitable initiatives and giving back to their communities. In the process, they are demonstrating their core values of responsibility and compassion.
Brothers Ryan and Jason Teng are raising funds for SickKids hospitals in unique ways. Ryan’s website, colorbreak.ca, is a sales platform that brings together  young artists to create art and raise charitable funds. To date, Colorbreak has donated $26,150 to SickKids. A “kids helping kids” initiative, their latest project is a limited edition tote bag filled with Valentine’s Day items. Ryan’s younger brother Jason was selected by athletic apparel company Saucony to design artwork for their Endorphin Shift 2 running shoes, part of their Run For Good campaign with proceeds donated to SickKids. 

Matthew Yung is mobilizing his peers at Crescent to support teens and young adults at Covenant House with a school-wide clothing drive from February 7 to 16. The drive will have a particular focus on work- and interview-appropriate clothing, to help support young people looking for employment.

Everett Tang represents the Youth Minds and Music Initiative (YMMI), a group of students from Toronto independent schools focused on informing high school students on the importance of music in daily life, and how it relates to mental health. Their upcoming project is a virtual panel event on Thursday, March 3. It will feature Nashville artist Jaclyn Kenyon and music historian Alan Cross

Luke Hilborn is a member of the Crescent Outreach Council executive, and has been involved in making and donating food to shelters across the city since the pandemic started two years ago. To date, he has donated nearly 20,000 sandwiches to the Sandwich Sisters organization. Luke recently forged a partnership with Havergal College, encouraging the girls there to earn community service hours while helping to feed the city’s less fortunate.

Tristan Hou is helping students learn French and forge connections at the same time through his French tutoring program, Pair À Pair. Upper School volunteers will be tutoring elementary school students, most of whom are new to Canada and attending local public schools. Sessions will take place online, and offer tutors the chance to develop leadership and collaboration skills. Interested students are encouraged to contact Tristan at pairapairfrenchtutoring@gmail.com.