In our school, our values are alive and active, not only for our students but for our faculty as well. The CESJDS Lower School is engaging in a collective spirit of volunteerism through a new relationship with The Playtime Project. The Playtime Project recognizes children's needs for safe play, even as they manage stressful situations in environments not geared toward children, including temporary housing and shelters, and gives those children space, joyful, respectful, and safe adults, toys, and snacks in after-school programs.
Lower School faculty are bringing CESJDS-designed playful STEM learning and challenges to The Playtime Project's first-ever STEM collaboration. Forty to fifty homeless elementary-aged children in two facilities will be playing and learning with nearly 20 of our master teachers who are volunteering their time and professional expertise in a monthly rotating schedule to lead an hour-long STEM Play Class. This experience is just one example of our whole school commitment to our larger community and Jewish values, including tzedakah, by doing what we do best: educating, supporting, and caring—for our children and all children.