Gift for Venetia Valley
Organized by: Ethan Lamstein
EVENT DATE Nov 05, 2016
I have been volunteering at Venetia Valley Middle School. This awesome school is not like other public schools in Marin. Venetia has a big number of Hispanic students who are immigrants or first generation Americans. This means the school has fewer resources and bigger need. The kids are awesome. I've gotten to know some of them, like Egar and Luciel and it's really fun to see how happy they are about learning.
The after-school program gives kids a place to be when their parents are working or are not home. So when they're learning on the computers, or playing basketball or other ball games, it's a big deal becaue they're somewhere safe and interesting and staying active.
So I have set myself the goal of raising $2,000 to gift the school with an electric air pump they really need, and other sports equipment that the kids can use and enjoy. In other schools, the gym equipment is always there and it's taken for granted. I know that my new friends and hundreds of other kids at Venetia Valley will benefit from this small gift.
Thank you for helping me reach this goal.
I will post pictures of what we are able to donate together.
If you are still reading, thank you! ... let me tell you more.
On November 5th, I'm having my Bar Mitzvah.
According to Jewish law, at the age of thirteen a boy is no longer considered a minor and is responsible for fulfilling certain religious obligations. In Hebrew, the word Mitzvah (and the plural mitzvot) literally means “G-d’s commandments.” In popular speech, the word Mitzvah is often used to refer to charitable or kind acts for the benefit of others.
In our community, we use the word with both its meanings and as part of becoming Bar Mitzvah, I have the moral duty (not really a duty duty, but I want to do it) to start a project to help others.
After travelling with my family to Africa this summer, I really got to thinking about how I don’t need to travel that far to help students in need. I’m choosing to start small and in my own community.
Thank you for helping me do my service project and do some good in my community!