The following information was provided by the JCC of Central Jersey.
The JCC’s Early Childhood Department has always included the concept of “tzedakah” or charity in its curriculum. This school year has been no different – the school’s 4s classes all had an opportunity to learn about charity and helping others in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Five classes of 4-year-old preschoolers were motivated by all the local devastation they saw after Sandy. They started by making their own tzedakah (charity) boxes in which they could collect their charitable contributions which they earned by doing chores or “good deeds” in their homes. Some of the children set the dinner table; some cleaned up their toys; one child said his good deed was eating all of his dinner! Many children also raised money by asking their family members to help out.
The five classes have collected $545. Some of the money will be donated to the St. Rose School in Belmar, NJ; the remainder will be given to Governor Christie to help shore relief efforts.
Family involvement is always encouraged to help make these projects even more meaningful as the JCC Early Childhood Department strives to build on this very important value.
For more information about the JCC’s Early Childhood programs, contact Robin Brous, Early Childhood Director, at 908-889-8800 x204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, United Way of Greater Union County and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.