Maple's Annual Toy Drive Reaches New Heights

Maple's Annual Toy Drive Reaches New Heights

Pictured left to right, front to back: Maple School Principal Samuel Kurtz, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, Student Council Co-sponsor/Mandarin Chinese teacher Iris Zhang, Custodian Jose Medina, and Student Council Co-sponsor/physical education teacher Lynn Reimer.



Maple's Annual Toy Drive Reaches New Heights

Northbrook Herald article about Maple's Toy Drive @

Maple School's Learning Stairs reached new heights on December 11, as thousands of toys, games, blankets, gift cards, and jewelry kits were displayed from bottom to top!

They were ready for pickup by Youth Services representatives, who packed their cars with the gifts and will distribute them to over 900 less fortunate families in Northfield Township in time for the holidays.

Student Council Co-sponsors Lynn Reimer and Iris Zhang did not let this challenging year keep them from spearheading this annual Toy Drive, which is now a 27-year-old (or so) tradition.

Even though they could not hold fall fundraisers to raise money for toys as they have in the past, they managed to collect many items from generous families of fifth through eighth-graders. In addition to collecting toys, a friend of Ms. Reimer's donated several boxes of Paparazzi jewelry, and her sisters contributed their handmade blankets and hats.

To encourage students, staff, and families to purchase toys and gift cards, a Student Council Raffle was held, and there will be raffle prizes for each grade. Student Council sponsors placed students' names in the raffle five times for every dollar spent on a toy or gift card. Raffle winners will be drawn on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Principal Samuel Kurtz said, "Way to go Maple Mustangs! Thank you for helping Northfield Township families this holiday season. Your generosity is overwhelming!"

Ms. Reimer and Ms. Zhang thank everyone for their generosity and for sharing and caring this holiday season!