LONGMEADOW Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy's (LYA) kindergarten students received recognition for becoming leaders in Hebrew reading.
On Jan. 19, the students celebrated the completion of the entire Hebrew alphabet. Students have been experiencing the Leader in Me model and developing the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
The completion of this important step in Hebrew reading reinforces their leadership learning.
The kindergarten class shared this milestone in their lives with parents, grandparents, family, administration and friends. Completing the Hebrew alphabet is an important component of a child's Jewish education. It enables the stu-dents to continue on in their Hebrew reading, speaking and understanding of the Jewish laws and rituals.
"It is so special to be able to celebrate our children's academic accomplishments and to see how much they love learning Hebrew with Morah Kosofsky at LYA," Chana Laila Skoglund, a parent, said. "We are so proud of our daughter and her entire class.
"It is really wonderful for parents to be invited into the process and to have the opportunity to share in the joy of their education," Skoglund continued.
LYA kindergarten teacher, Rochel Leah Kosofsky, said, "I am very pleased with their accomplishments. Their enthu-siasm and knowledge are a sight to behold. My kindergarten students have been using their leadership skills in preparation for this day and have been very proactive in their learning."
LYA kindergartners enter-tained their audience dressed in original self-made tie dyed sponge painted "Aleph Bet" shirts.
Their performance included songs, dances and recitation of the letters. The students celebrated at the party by breaking open the Aleph Bet piñata full of treats for all the children.
Following their perfor-mance, each student was presented with a certificate of completion of the Aleph Bet and a bound Aleph Bet book from Rabbi Dovid Edelman, dean of LYA, who explained to the students that "now that you know all the letters, you know what is in the Torah."
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