At Heritage Academy in Longmeadow, students in Pre-K through eighth grade participate in value-based learning. In all grades, the students perform Gemillut Hassadim (acts of loving kindness), and perform the acts of the mitzvah (good deed) of Tzedakah (giving to charity). From a pajama drive for the PJ Library to help provide PJs to local shelters to collecting new clothes, toys and food to donate to local families and programs in need, the students, teachers and friends in the community came together and donated through Heritage Academy.
New winter coats and fleece tops were delivered by a teacher, friends and some students to families in low income housing and to a shelter in Chicopee. The first grade class collected and donated food to Westover Air Base for local families in need. The second/third grade class donated items, such as, toys, books and gift cards to provide for local children in need. They especially enjoyed sorting the books for the children in 14 specific families. During the year, the middle school students visit adults in retirement and assisted living facilities to interact with them, playing games, making crafts and enjoying each other’s company. The fourth/fifth grade made an impact on their visit to Glenmeadow senior living during Hanukkah. The senior adults enjoyed talking with the youth, watching their Hanukkah performance rehearsal and some even came to the schoolwide performance at the school that evening.
“Heritage Academy students learn how to make a difference, want to make things better for others and actually do it!” said Michal Morris Kamil, Head of School. “Living and learning to give and help others as a youth will promote a culture of helping and giving as these students grow into adults.”
CAP: 1st grade food collection and donation for Westover Air Base’s food drive.