Jewish Academy of Orlando and Habitat for Humanity provide hands-on lesson for students


On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the second grade students from Jewish Academy of Orlando got the lesson of a lifetime, and it was not in the classroom. They were able to visit a Habitat for Humanity Winter Park-Maitland construction site at 507 S. Capen Ave., Orlando, to bring to life the lessons they have been learning at school during their Social Studies unit on economics.

At Habitat for Humanity, the students conducted mock inspections of a home under construction, putting mathematical (measurement, money) and Social Studies (what does safe, decent housing provide for a family?) concepts in perspective.

Hal George, construction manager and co-founder of the Winter Park affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, guided the students on their visit. The students presented Mr. George and Habitat for Humanity a check for $961! The money was raised during their second-grade seventh annual "Fun Run" held at the school earlier in the month to benefit the organization.

The Jewish Academy wanted their students to understand, especially during this holiday season, that not all families can meet their basic needs with their jobs or income.

"Our students are so fortunate to live in comfortable homes, have clothing to spare, and food on the table each night," said principal Shari Wladis. "Taking the kids to the Habitat for Humanity worksite was an eye-opening experience. Our second graders wanted to help Habitat for Humanity in their mission to provide simple, affordable shelter to families in need. We want them to understand that it is a mitzvah to help others through volunteerism, which is what Habitat for Humanity is all about."

For more information about the Jewish Academy of Orlando or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Jessica Mishael, admissions manager, at or 407-647-0713.


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