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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, August 01, 2012, Image 1

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The Charlotte JEWISH Vol. 34, No. 7 Av-Elul 5772 August 2012 An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte The Leon Levine Foundation Awards a Challenge Grant to Charlotte Jewish Preschool By Elka Bernstein We are building something spe- eial at Charlotte Jewish Presehool this summer. It is something whieh truly embodies our eommu- nity spirit and our love for what matters most - our ehildren. It is an exeiting new park featuring a brand new, state of the art play ground. As I wateh the bulldozers and eonstruetion erews at work eaeh day and see the plans for this eustom designed playground take shape, I am in awe of the effort it took to get to this point and how all of us at Shalom Park are work ing together to finish this job. At Charlotte Jewish Presehool, we know the importanee of ehil dren having dedieated time out side eaeh day. Our new outdoor reereation area, eurrently named Katan Olam Park, is expertly designed to exereise our ehildren’s gross motor skills on every level. There will be more room to do just that beeause instead of the eurrent 10,000 square feet, our new play ground will eneompass 18,000 square feet. What this expansion does is allow our youngest presehoolers aged one and two, to play adjaeent to the spaee as our older kids do. The area whieh was previously home to our play ground for the threes, fours, and five will be reinvented. Children ON ‘3110iyVHO 802f #lll/\iy3d aivd 39visod s n aisidSdd will delight in several new sensory stations, elimbing struetures, slides, turf mounds, and even a rubberized traek area. The park will also be home to beautiful nat ural areas as well as a dedieated teaeher’s gar den. New overhead shade struetures will be in plaee to shield kids, parents, and teaehers during the hottest days of the year. Construetion erews will also be able to repurpose the existing play equip ment and other existing struetures as we bring in the new additions for the playground. We, at Charlotte Jewish Presehool, have been dreaming of this new playground for years. However, we are fortunate to have reeeived several generous dona tions to make this dream a reality. In June, The Leon Levine Foundation awarded our sehool a $50,000 ehallenge grant whieh has enabled eonstruetion to get rolling this summer. In addition to The Leon Levine Foundation grant, there are other visionaries whose generosity also made this projeet possible. They inelude the Levine Jewish Community Center, The Goreliek Family, Amy The designer s rendering of the future Katan Olam Park. and Mark Vitner, Larry Sehwartz, and the CJP Parent Teaeher Assoeiation. Now, we are working diligently to do our part of the bar gain whieh is to raise an addition al $33,000 to eomplete the play ground. To that end, we are work ing with our parents and our Shalom Park eommunity to raise the neeessary funds. For more than 20 years now, Charlotte Jewish Presehool has provided a home for young families looking for quality eare and edueation for their ehildren. This new park will allow help us eontinue our mis sion to provide the best in pre sehool edueation but we need everyone’s help to get this projeet to the finish line. We appreeiate the donations we have reeeived and high hopes of reeeiving more in the weeks and months to eome. Onee eompleted, Katan Olam Park will benefit more than just the ehildren of the Charlotte Jewish Presehool. The park will also serve Shalom Park ageneies as well as the visitors to Shalom Park. All ageneies, along with their eonstituents, will also be able to enjoy and use the new playground on weekends and during non-presehool hours. Presehoolers who attend syn agogue will be able to use this spaee to explore as their parents worship. “Katan Olam” is Hebrew for “small world.” We hope our ereation of this “small world” behind the Charlotte Jewish Presehool will be a speeial and safe plaee for our kids to play and diseover with friends as they visit Shalom Park and attend pre sehool. Our new playground is symbolie of our eommitment to the eommunity as a whole and the ehildren we serve eaeh day. It will offer a valuable spaee for our kids to Grow, Conneet, and Learn. As you ean see, it is that ideal that is woven into every aspeet of this projeet. We at Charlotte Jewish Presehool eannot wait for the playground’s eompletion and to introduee all of its features to our new and returning young students. If you would like more informa tion on how to help with our playground effort or on enrolling your ehild in Charlotte Jewish Presehool, please eontaet me at EBernstein@shalomeharlotte.org or 704-944-6777. « Operation Pillowcase WWW.flagsacrossthenation.org During Camp SOAR this summer this summer, campers made pillowcases to be sent overseas to the troops in action. For more information on Operation Pillowcase, contact Eileen Schwartz at eschwartz@ flagsacrossthenation.org. Dee Griffin, a eamper and a volunteer, shows off the pillowease she ereated for the troops. Camp SOAR eovered the eost of materials and shipping. pe)senbey eojAjes ehueqQ 9ZZ8Z ON ‘9HO|Jeqo ZU# suns ‘Peoy eouepjAOJd Z009 Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the e-Edition Now Automatically Compatible to iPhones, iPads, and other Apple Platforms The Charlotte Jewish News is available in an e-Edition. Every month, you will reeeive notifieation that the eurrent monthly issue is available online with a weblink to eliek. There are many advantages to reeeiving the eleetronie version: no more elutter in your home; there are hotlinks on stories and some advertisements that bring you direetly to the relevant websites; you ean print out any story or pieture that interests you right away. For those who still prefer a print edition, we will eontinue to print hard eopies of The Charlotte Jewish News for you. Contaet eharlottejewishnews@shalomeharlotte.org to sign up for your e-subseription. Or eall 704-944- 6765. «

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