SARASOTA, FL – Thanks to generous donors, the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has purchased a van in order to serve as a mobile classroom, taking its students on the road for real-life educational opportunities. Lead donors are Ed and Betty Rosenthal, and Kira and Gennady Gekht. The mobile classroom van has been in heavy use since the beginning of the school year but was just taken off the road briefly for a custom wrap job – parent Brad Mandell at DW Customs designed and donated the cost of the wrap.
Community Day School’s unique, expeditionary learning curriculum features deliberately small class sizes, allowing its students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real life experiences – both inside the classroom and beyond the walls of the school. Community Day partners with numerous area organizations and nonprofits to provide students with hands-on, experiential educational opportunities. Partners include the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Mote Marine, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Film Festival, Kobernick Anchin Benderson, area synagogues, Faulhaber Fab Lab, the Sarasota Y, and many more.
Up until this year, students have connected with the community predominantly through on-campus projects. The children work and learn in the Papa Ed and Mimi Rosenthal Organic Kibbutz Sustainability Garden and Outdoor Classroom, growing produce to supplement the school menu and feed the hungry in our community as well as manatees as part of the Mote Marine “Farms to Manatees” partnership. Additionally, representatives from partner organizations have come to Community Day for ongoing learning opportunities. In order to travel off-site, parents have had to volunteer to drive students.
“With our small classes and flexible curriculum, every grade level at Community Day is literally a van ride away from all that our community has to offer. When students become engaged in a topic that can be explored more closely – and with greater interest – through a local resource, we are now able to load the kids into the van and go with minimal scheduling and coordination,” said Community Day head of school Dan Ceaser. “We have enjoyed numerous off-site learning opportunities in the past thanks to our wonderful parents, who have cheerfully carpooled the children to various locations. Now we can just get up, go and learn! Many thanks to the donors who have made this opportunity possible.”
For more information about the school, go to CommunityDay.org or call (941) 552-2770.
About the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School:
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.