Torah Day School of Atlanta students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, under the guidance of their Judaic studies and general studies teachers, created a KAVOD Comes Alive Museum as an end-of-the-year culminating presentation.
After months of collaborative work among the faculty and, most importantly, with the students, a vast array of multi-media, age-appropriate displays were created reflecting this year’s school-wide theme of kavod, or “respect.” Acts of kavod were discussed, taught, modeled, and encouraged throughout the year in and outside of the classrooms. With the additional help of TDSA’s SEL (Social Emotional Learning) teachers, the students role played appropriate ways of interacting with each other, their teachers, parents, etc. TDSA’s head of school, Rabbi Meir Cohen, was the brainchild of the museum. He worked closely with the faculty and staff, as well as volunteers to create the Kavod Museum.
For the museum, the students created displays reflecting how one shows kavod to their learning, their peers, teachers, parents, and their environment. Additionally, the students found examples of kavod in the Torah and brought some of those examples to life. For example, the third-grade boys’ display included a well that they built in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and art) class which included a bucket that could retrieve make-believe water using a pulley system devised by the class. This was taken straight out of parshas, Chaya Sarah.
The entire school’s hallways and classrooms were completely transformed into a magical experience that beautifully and accurately reflected the mission and core values of Torah Day School of Atlanta. The evening event was open to parents and grandparents.