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December 01, 2011 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-12-01

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Students from Valerie Parker's fifth-grade class last year with their journals

and postcards

Journal Journey

Pasteur Elementary's alumni
renew project for fifth graders.

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ournal Journey, a fifth-
grade program at Pasteur
Elementary School in Detroit,
is continuing again this year, says Marcy
Feldman, president of the Pasteur
Elementary School Alumni Foundation.
Last year, the foundation gave each
student a composition book they
could use to write about themselves.
Foundation members then mailed the
books to alumni all over the country
who wrote about themselves.
"Those alumni then mailed it to
other alumni in other cities and so
on:' Feldman explained. They shared
interesting facts about where they live,
the careers they chose and a Pasteur
"It's like Career Day:' said Valerie
Parker, a fifth-grade teacher. Some
journals returned with family pic-
tures, news clippings, photos and even
recipes for one student who shared in
his writing that he liked to cook.
Journal Journey quickly became a
hit with the children when each week
picture postcards were arriving from
many places.

Alumni Wendy Wagenheim and
Fran Gross met with the students each
month to do a geography game.
"It's not just a writing assignment:'
Parker said. "They learn about social
studies and geography, too?'
Children received postcards from
alumni living everywhere from Maine
to California. Parker displayed the
postcards on the wall for the students
to enjoy. There were also postcards
from Tahiti, the Dominican Republic,
New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Tel
Aviv, Hong Kong and London. The
entry from Donna Adler Ron gave
information on websites to learn more
about Israel and her kibbutz.
The Pasteur Elementary School
Alumni Foundation began in 1997
after a Mumford High School reunion.
For more information, go to
www.pasteuralumni.org or call Marcy
Feldman at (248) 514-5359 if you
want to be involved in the lives of
these children. Volunteers are needed
to read or help a child learn.

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Sunday, Dec. 25
Choose your mitzvah and share
your day on Sunday, Dec. 25, when
the Jewish Community Relations
Council and the Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit join together
to present Mitzvah Day. Volunteers
of all ages are invited to sign up for
the annual event and participate
in dozens of social service projects
and volunteer activities throughout
Metro Detroit.
Families with children, teens,
young adults and seniors are invited
to donate a few hours of their time
to participate in a choice of activi-
ties, including visits to older adults in
nursing care facilities, preparing and
serving holiday meals, and delivering
toys and gifts to families in need. All
volunteer activities will conclude by

4 p.m.
This year, the Phoenix Theatres at
Livonia's Laurel Park Place are pro-
viding all volunteers with a voucher
for two free tickets to a movie,
redeemable between Dec. 25, 2011
and January 1, 2012.
Mitzvah Day event chairs are Janet
Berman, Micki Grossman and Hy
More than 800 volunteers are antic-
ipated to come together and show the
strength of our community by taking
part in Mitzvah Day 2011. Volunteers
are asked to sign up at mitzvah-
The registration deadline is Friday,
Dec. 16. Volunteer spots are filled on
a first-come, first-served basis. For
more information, call (248) 642-
5393 or email mitzvanday@jfmd.


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