Jewish Academy of Orlando supports Habitat for Humanity


These Jewish Academy second-graders might become future home builders.

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised funds in the grade's annual Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the organization.  

The annual program at JAO begins with a cross-curricular study of economics. Students learn about the three basic human needs: food, clothing, and shelter, while also learning the differences between a want and a need.  They build their own model houses and conduct a Fun Run to raise money to support Habitat for Humanity. 

After completion of their studies, students visited a construction site for a Habitat for Humanity house; they asked many questions and learned more about the basics of homebuilding and inspection while conducting mock-inspections of the home. They applied mathematics concepts, such as fraction measurement, and money concepts.  

To conclude the trip, JAO students presented Hal George, president and co-founder of the Winter Park affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, with a check to fund the project.

"It is always wonderful and uplifting to have the JAO second graders come out and visit the Habitat sites. We are all so impressed and grateful for the donation that the students gave to Habitat. It is through gifts like this that we are able to continue to provide affordable housing opportunities for needy families. I really look forward to seeing Jewish Academy students each year and hope that we are able to continue the tradition.  I am so appreciative of all of the support that Jewish Academy of Orlando has given our Habitat affiliate through the years," stated George. 

"We are grateful for our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the opportunity for learning it gives our students. The program not only brings to life the lessons in the classroom such as budgeting and the benefits of decent housing but also the importance of supporting those in need," said Alan Rusonik, head of school. "We are committed to giving all of our students even more opportunities, lessons, and resources to change the world."

Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from transitional  kindergarten through fifth grade. The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools.  

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