The overarching goal of VTT’s chesed (kindness) clubs is to create a caring climate and culture that nurtures empathy and morals throughout the school community. The process includes having students engage as active partners finding personal meaning in all agreed upon tasks and building community through action. Our chesed clubs are predicated on Jewish values, most specifically our mandate to repair the world (tikkun olam).
Students who join our chesed clubs are passionate about giving and ready to dedicate and commit their free time to work on a variety of initiatives in the school and in the community. With the belief that students learn best by doing and interacting with others, chesed clubs provide hands-on experiences to help others in real world situations.
VTT currently runs three chesed clubs under the leadership of Shoshi Burton: Grade Seven Chesed Leadership Club; Grade 6 Chesed Club; Grade 3 Earth Savers Club
Grade 7 Chesed Leadership Program מנהיגות בוגרת
All grade 7 students participate in this leadership program to build a positive school climate and develop their leadership skills in several stages:
GRADE 6 CHESED LEADERS IN TRAINING CLUB
Students who join grade six chesed club are passionate about taking action to repair the world and are ready to give up their free time to meet every Thursday during lunch to work collaboratively on chesed initiatives. We investigate and learn about local and global issues, prepare action plans, take action to raise awareness as well as funds for the cause they care about, and conclude with reporting and celebrating with the school community.
In addition, grade 6 chesed club members mentor grade three Chesed Earthsavers club in collecting recycling in the school while encouraging a school-wide culture to reduce, reuse and recycle.
GRADE 3 CHESED LEADERS IN TRAINING CLUB
שומרי איכות הסביבה
Together with grade 6 chesed club, grade 3 chesed earthsavers lead a variety of activities to help reduce our environmental footprint by minimizing waste and encouraging recycling.
Amongst a variety of collaborative activities around the school such as Litter Free Lunch Day and collecting empty beverage containers for the Recycling Depot, they are dedicating one lunch a week to collect recycling from classrooms and public areas of the school.
Pivoting during COVID with a total of $34,066 raised (with gratitude to ZLC Financial)!