By COLlive reporter
An open letter by a mother of children in a Chabad school sparked a wide discussion about the high costs of enrolling students in the Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos learning competition.
“I don’t think it’s right for kids or parents to “fundraise” for this level of luxury when there are real causes that need fundraising,” Chani S. wrote in an op-ed posted on COLlive.com on Sunday.
Titled “Priceless Chidon Became a Pricey Experience,” the op-ed has some 350 approved comments, and the issue has spilled over to private discussions in schools and family WhatsApp groups.
The following day, some schools were quick to take action and announced to parents that there would be some financial support for the families who couldn’t afford it.
Beis Rivkah girls school in Crown Heights said 42 students have not registered for the Chidon this year. “If you aren’t registering due to a financial hardship, please private message me so I can try to help,” one educator wrote.
A message on the Montreal Chidon parent group asked those who can afford to chip in. “I am raising funds to allow every child the opportunity to register,” one wrote.
At the Bnos Menachem girls school in Crown Heights, they wrote: “Chidon registration is still open! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help in any way (financial or otherwise).
Another message shared with COLlive.com read: “Thank you to a most generous parent who called to sponsor 10 students with $100 each. Please reach out asap if you would like this to go towards your daughter’s trip. First come, first serve!”