For students of the Nigri International Shluchim Online School, standard classroom routines take on a whole new meaning. Raising one’s hand is accomplished with the click of a button, homework is assigned – yet it is emailed in, and to maintain silence in the ‘classroom’, the teacher simply turns the microphones on mute. The list goes on and on.
This revolutionary program allows hundreds of young Shluchim around the world to attend ‘school’ right from the comfort of their own homes.
When it comes to graduation however, their students are no exception. For three action-packed days, the students of the graduating class enjoyed a rigorous schedule and an opportunity to meet their classmates face to face.
The entire thing, down to the smallest detail, was coordinated by Mrs. Rivky Gurevitch, director of extracurricular programs for students of the Nigri International Shluchim Online School.
The trip began on Monday morning with a scrumptious breakfast in The Shluchim Office followed by (thank you, Rabbi Gansburg!) an inspiring visit to the Rebbe’s room. With no time to waste, the excited girls boarded the busses and headed for Funplex and Pump It Up in New Jersey. The bowling, arcades, laser tag and dancing kept them busy for many happy hours. Exhausted from the fun-filled day, the girls appreciated the hospitality of the Mangel family, Shluchim in Cherry Hill, NJ. Without overlooking one single detail, every child was served a hearty meal and sent off to bed, to rest up for another exciting day.
With the weather reports looking rather bleak on Tuesday morning, the ever-creative chaperons, C.M. Piekarski, Devoiri Hecht and Malky Lerman quickly devised a plan B.
Leaving no room for moaning and groaning, the group hurried off to Manhattan. Ripley’s, pizza, the Ice Cream House and a handwriting analysis display were all packed in. (After such an array of activities, who needed plan A anyway?!)
If all this wasn’t enough, the girls were in for one more major adventure: snow tubing! But there was one more stop in Crown Heights first at The Art Cafe. The budding artists each decorated a piece of pottery and now had something to bring back home with them. Up and down the slopes, covered in tiny white icicles, the sound of laughter and camaraderie could be heard reverberating through the air.
It was truly a graduation trip like no other! Thank you to all the dedicated staff and those that made this possible.
A special thank you goes to Rabbi M. Shemtov, Mrs. G. Rosenfeld and Mrs. Baila Levine for their essential part in making this trip the success it was.