by Moreh Ari Sniderman and Natalie Soroka
(Edmonton) – Tishrei and the beginning of the school year bring much celebration and rich learning right off the bat every year.
Students learn about Terry Fox and raise money for cancer research. For the fortieth anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, each class was challenged to collectively run 40 km. Students learn about Phyllis Jack Webstad and Orange Shirt Day, wearing orange in support of survivors of the residential school system.
They learn about the high holidays, blow the shofar, and sit in the school sukkah. Finally, Read-in-Week went virtual as dozens of parents and community members read for students in English and Hebrew on Youtube and Google Meets (including Ben’s father reading from his home in Israel).
Meanwhile, the Talmud Torah Society delivered “thinking of you” care packages to families whose children are engaging in online learning with TT. Included were donuts, challahs and bagels from Bliss Baked Goods, along with their very own water bottles. All the students from Kg. to Grade 6 will be receiving personal water bottles soon, in time for the opening of the school’s new contactless water stations. These stations, along with classroom sites purifiers, are the result of a very generous grant for the Sam Ousher Switzer Charitable Foundation.
Thank you to all who have participated in these programs and to all the students for making them so successful!