By Joseph Tappenden
(AJNews) – On November 10th, the Calgary Jewish Academy (CJA) gathered to honor and commemorate Remembrance Day with a meaningful assembly led by our grade 4 students. In the days leading up to November 11th, teachers provided students with meaningful learning experiences that extended beyond textbooks, delving into the history, sacrifices, and significance of Canadian soldiers’ contributions to Canada.
One unique approach that the CJA does on Remembrance Day is fostering open discussions among students about the freedoms earned through wartime sacrifices, and in particular religious freedom. Through open dialogue, students explore the concept of earning religious freedom not only through historical events like Hanukkah, Purim and Passover, but now also from a modern-day perspective. They discovered that Canada’s fight for freedom united people from diverse backgrounds, a realization that filled them with nachas and gratitude.
CJA students also embarked on an additional heartwarming project. Teaming up with the Ministry of Veteran Affairs, they crafted heartfelt postcards that were later distributed to veterans residing in various care facilities across the City of Calgary. On November 11th, veterans at places like The Trinity Lodge, Father Lacombe Care Centre, Providence Care Centre, and Chinook Intercare had the opportunity to read messages from the young minds at CJA, expressing sincere gratitude for their selfless service to the nation.
The impact of this project extended beyond the walls of CJA, reaching those who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding Canada’s freedom. These postcards became more than just pieces of paper; they served as tokens of appreciation, connecting generations and bridging the gap between the sacrifices of the past and the gratitude of the present. The initiative not only honored the veterans but also instilled a sense of empathy and understanding among CJA students, helping them appreciate the significance of Remembrance Day in a tangible and personal way.
This unique Remembrance Day has left a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of CJA students.