Students break record, community inspired, and hundreds helped.
This has become the narrative of the Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami. Some would say old story, the truly remarkable part of this is, for these children, helping others never gets old, nor stale! After last year’s huge success of donating the ‘largest Kosher Food Bank school donation’ South Florida has ever seen, and raising over $34,000 to help families in need prepare for Pesach – LEC students were at it yet again.
Everybody likes breaking their own record, that was clearly the challenge!
Can they donate more food? Could they raise even more money?
“YES we can!” they chanted and yes they did!
A herculean effort to with classes bringing in over a hundred complete boxes filled with food items and well over last years 10,000 food items raised. Honorable mention to Rabbi Shmuly Reinetz 4th grade and Rabbi Aron Rabin 2nd grade for bringing in the most of any other class. As a reward they will head to the food bank to stock the shelves.
But here comes the clincher, with $34,000 raised last year could the boys and girls of LEC raise more money? Under the leadership of Mrs. Allona Pinhas and Mrs. Nechama Tauber, who were assisted by their co-teachers, the students took charge of putting together a Chinese Auction—one for boys and one for girls. After the growing fund stalled at $32,000, the students were anxious that they may not reach last year’s total. Would this be be the first year that we didn’t break the previous year’s record? It was a great concern, as a large part of the student body was away for 5 days in Crown Heights to participate in the annual Tzivos Hashem Chidon. We wished them success, but were anxious that we may not reach our goal.
Once they returned to Miami, the effort continued in full force, with the students unwavering determination to reach their goal! It was not long before thousands of more dollars began pouring in, and soon thereafter last year’s record was easily broken. The final outcome? A total of $50,597 was raised!!
Principals Mrs. Shevi Sossonko and Mrs. Chaya Sara Dalfin began the daunting task of distributing this enormous sum of money to the community members who needed it most.
It was a beautiful example of hard work, determination and Ahavas Yisroel. Without our students, staff, parents and the community—all of whom worked extremely hard and donated generously—the goal of helping others for the Pesach holiday was realized. A special thank-you goes to each and every one of them.
Miami student’s inspire again, it might sound old to you…. But to these guys – they are just getting started!