Elementary School Foodies Recommend Healthy Recipes

— by Yehudeet Gore

IMG_0724At Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, first- and second-grade “foodies” are learning about smart eating in a group called Food Power, and they have some healthy snacks to share with The Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Guided by the Choose My Plate format, the six students hope to become experts on the food groups and the importance of balanced meals and snacks. Nate Bleier, Irmiyahu Rubin, Yaakov Noam Shrager, Shira Ben Samuel, Ahuva Ludzker and Sruli Fineman have created “superfood superheroes,” played meal-building games, and prepared extra-nutritious “power snacks.” They even took a trip to Nana’s Kitchen to learn an all-senses lesson in herbs, and they created smoothies in all colors and tastes.

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Torah Academy Channels Rube Goldberg

Inspired by the Technion’s Passover and Hanukkah videos, Elana Obstfeld, the Enrichment Coordinator at Torah Academy, decided to create a Rube Goldberg competition. Students were placed in groups called clusters. Each cluster thought of a project to work on.

Students in the puppetry clusters made puppets and theaters, wrote puppet shows, and performed for the preschool classes. The “Shabbos is Coming” cluster learned about preparing for Shabbat and were inspired to help people in the hospital who can not prepare for Shabbat. They made Shabbat packages for hospital patients and delivered them to Lankenau hospital. The “Chain Reaction” group built a Rube Goldberg machine that shows support for Torah Academy’s school basketball teams.

I was invited to Torah Academy’s exhibition of all the projects. The students were excited to present the results of their collaborations to each other and the whole school community. By the way they explained things, it was clear that they had learned by doing. The room was full of color, laughter, and excitement.

Jewish Day School Grants and Scholarship Now Available For All Ages

The Kohelet Foundations’s Jewish Day School Collaborative will award a limited number of tuition grants and scholarships Jewish day school students in nursery, elementary, middle and high school for September 2012.

These grants and scholarships ensure that more children realize the dream of an education rich in Jewish values and responsibility, where they achieve academically, while connecting to the world through a Jewish lens. Engaged, passionate and committed, they are tomorrow’s leaders.

Each student will receive up to 33% of tuition at day schools throughout Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey, up to $5,000 for lower and middle school and up to $8,500 for high school.

These grants and scholarships are multi-year and are offered to new and existing day school students of all denominations. Qualifications and details vary based on grade level.

Don’t wait another minute to give your child a Jewish day school education.

A limited number of grants and scholarships available at all day schools in Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey: