We walked out to the front entrance, and they unveiled their gift. Our maintenance team took one of the beat-up picnic tables that came with the purchase of the property and refurbished it to become an absolutely gorgeous piece of outdoor furniture. They worked nights and weekends, in their off time, and completely replaced the wood and hardware. The picture above doesn't even do it justice to the quality of the craftsmanship. If this were not enough, on the top of the table, they beautifully stenciled the logo of CJDS, including our name in Hebrew, and stenciled the words Tikun Olam along with a Jewish star.
Why did they choose a picnic bench? Because our administrative team this summer took lunch together each day and ate outside on a picnic bench. They wanted to give them a nicer place to sit and eat lunch. The middle school students often hang out on the picnic table to talk during their recess, and they knew it would be nice for them as well.
When I called my oldest son, Avi, last night to tell him about this beautiful act of kindness by our maintenance crew, Avi replied, “Eema, what is it about CJDS? First, your security guards contribute donations to your school, and now your maintenance workers work in their off time to make you guys a gift – I’ve never heard of anything like this!"
The story of yesterday’s demonstration of appreciation just underscores that we are on the right track. Accepting and celebrating diversity, demonstrating values of Hakarat Ha Tov, chesed, tzedakah and tikun olam, along with lifelong and engaged learning, will make our world a better place.
Thank you all: students, parents, grandparents, and friends, Anat Geva, President of Board of Trustees, the members of the Board of Trustees, Cara Gutstein and Brooke Herszage, Co-Chairs of our Parent Committee, and CJDS faculty, administration and staff for all you do for CJDS. I hope if you made it to the end of this message, that you feel a little prouder of the school and organization in which you are investing your time and treasure.
Hoping you all have some time to enjoy your families and relax a bit in the next two weeks. Looking forward to 2019 and completing our ISACS re-accreditation! Finding a naming gift is on the top of the list too!
Ya’alev v’yavo – Rise Up and Aim Higher!!
Shabbat Shalom and Happy 2019,
Ms. J (Judy)