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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232, USA
Inspiring Future Surgeons at SMH

Nearly every head turned as 12 pint-sized students, dressed appropriately and adorably in blue scrubs, made their way to the Simulation Lab of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Our kindergartners were privileged to enjoy a morning of learning and lunch thanks to the hospital's community outreach program.  Each child received a cuddly bear and got into protective gear. They explored some cool medical tools and learned about the different ways people can "get fixed" when they are sick. They worked on their teddies, checking heart rates and giving shots, and gently affixing Band-Aids once the injections were done.  The students also enjoyed informative learning demonstrations about robotic surgery and physical therapy.  Perhaps most relatable to our students was learning all the ways the pediatric wing works to make their young patients comfortable including a music and playroom.  The children arrived back to campus full of enthusiasm and stories about their individual bears' treatment plans.  This was certainly a memorable and highly successful learning expedition for some of our youngest students.

 

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CDS School of Excellence

Sarasota's Hershorin Schiff Community Day School was recently presented with the School of Excellence Award from Keep Sarasota County Beautiful in recognition of the school's environmental stewardship curriculum. The award nomination focused on a school-wide cleanup effort at Siesta Beach in March that mixed community service and learning. The school's entire student body heard from environmental experts on topics such as "Understanding Our Tortoises and Sea Turtles," "Sand Investigations," "Erosion, Environmental Issues and Sea Debris" and "Why Worms?" and collected trash to be sorted and studied by Sarasota County scientists. Environmental stewardship is a key component of the curriculum at the school, which offers classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Tennis Champs!

Our talented tennis team played the number 2 ranked team, Incarnation, to clinch the championship! Everyone pulled together to make it happen! Congratulations Coach Gina and the Community Day Panthers!
 

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CDS Second Graders Sing to AVIVA Residents

On the fifth day of Hanukkah, second-graders from Sarasota's Hershorin Schiff Community Day School traveled to Aviva - A Campus for Senior Life to share the joy of the holiday. The students sang Hanukkah songs - including favorites "Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah" and "Sevivon Sov Sov Sov" - and interacted with the residents of the facility, benefiting all who participated.

Community Day School and Aviva have enjoyed a warm relationship for some time, with intergenerational programming throughout the school year. Through the Better Together program the past couple of years, middle school students from Community Day and Aviva residents have enjoyed numerous gatherings to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays, share stories, and create memory books and family trees, among other activities. The focus of the Better Together program is to sensitize students to the challenges of the elderly and incorporate Jewish learning and values in their interactions with them.

Longtime second-grade teacher Barbara O'Brien was thrilled for the opportunity to bring her students to Aviva. "Many of our students don't have grandparents here in town and their opportunities to spend time with older people are very limited," she said. "I've found that our kids absolutely light up when we tell them we're going to do something to make other people smile. They definitely enjoyed their time celebrating Hanukkah with their new friends at Aviva."

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Local Weather Celebrity Bob Harrigan Visits CDS

Our first and second grade students had quite the treat this Monday when local weatherman Bob Harrigan gave an interactive presentation on the science of forecasting! Bob spoke to the students about the ins and outs of weather and answered our students' questions before heading outside to show students the ABC 7 weather tracker van. The crew from ABC 7 kindly left our students with plenty of swag including signed photos of Bob, sunglasses, rulers, pens, and pencils.

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