Eight-year-olds don’t usually learn maamarim in their free time. But Chaya B., a third-grader at Bais Rivkah in Crown Heights, has been enthusiastic about Ve’atah Tetzaveh lately. “As soon as a new booklet is released, she jumps to learn it,” says her mother. “She can’t wait to enter the Moshiach Project Contest this year.”
Now, a contest by Tut Altz takes their Ve’atah Tetzaveh curriculum to a whole new level. Kids are invited to learn the maamer using colorful lessons, helpful review sheets, interactive slideshows, and engaging activities. The maamer is divided into four parts, and new units are released every two weeks from Pesach until Shavuos.
The Second Annual International Moshiach Project Contest is an exciting motivation to get kids immersed in the Ve’atah Tetzaveh curriculum. Kids need to use their creativity to present the concepts of the maamer in a clear, organized, and fun way.
“We want kids to really internalize the maamar’s message,” says Mrs. Gitel Naparstek, co-director of the Moshiach Office at Merkos 302. “Last year’s contest was a huge success, so we were excited to follow up with another one.”
All students in grades 3 through 8 who have learned the first three booklets of the curriculum are encouraged to enter. A panel of judges will be looking for projects that include accessible concepts, accurate information, and clear organization. They’ll also be awarding the prizes to projects that are inventive, unique, and inspiring.
Teachers and parents are called upon to encourage their students and children to participate. “Last year, we had entire classes enter,” says Mrs. Naparstek. “We also had families where multiple siblings created projects. That’s where we can clearly see parents and teachers impacting their kids’ passion for Moshiach.”
The contest is complete with exciting prizes that incentivize kids to join—and make winning worthwhile. The grand prize is a gift certificate to Kehos, and the first, second, and third place winners receive a Beis Hamikdash model, a popcorn machine, and a spikeball set, respectively.
The contest home page at www.tutaltz.com/kids contains everything kids need to get started. There are rules, topic ideas, and project inspirations. That’s also the place where booklets and slideshows can be easily accessed—with a parent’s help of course.
There is under a month left until the contest closes, so kids interested in joining are encouraged to get started. Submissions are due by Tuesday, ט”ו סיון, June 14, by 10 pm EST and the winners will be announced at the contest closing ceremony, on Sunday, June 19, כ’ סיון.
For more information, visit www.tutaltz.com/kids.