On Wednesday, March 8, the students of Tucson Hebrew Academy came together in the afternoon for the seventh annual Passport to Peace event. Students had the opportunity to work with faculty and their peers in multi-age groups to complete service projects and learn about important service organizations working within our Tucson and national communities.
In the week leading up to the event, members of THA’s Student Government collected monetary donations from students, collecting almost $2000 in total. Thank you, students and families, for your extreme generosity! The full donation amount was divided between the groups that were represented at the event. This year students chose to invite In the Arms of Angels, Beads of Courage, Ben’s Bells, Gabriel’s Angels, Hermitage Cat Shelter, Jennie’s Gift, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Shyann Kindness Project, Trevor’s Project, Tu Nudito, Word Care, Wounded Warriors, and Youth on their Own. Several of these organizations sent representatives to the school to meet with students, explain their mission, and describe how community members could get involved; other organizations were represented by Student Government members, who researched and presented about an organization. The adult representatives seemed very impressed by our students’ thoughtfulness and desire to do good.
Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to rotate through several interactive projects. Students cut and tied fleece blankets for Jennie’s Project to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease, constructed cat toys for Hermitage Cat Shelter, planted seeds and crafted thoughtful messages for loved ones, and added beautiful tiles to the Peace Wall on campus with art teacher Amy Pozez. It was a wonderful afternoon imbued with kindness and peace.