The Cahal kindergarten class at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in West Hempstead has a new kitchen. No, they will not be doing any real cooking, but through the generosity of Dr. David and Toby Schnall, a beautiful new play kitchen was installed in the class last week. The three-piece hardwood kitchen will be used by the teacher, Mrs. Melody Harris, as a play center, that in an early childhood program is a vital tool to be used for socialization, language development, and play skills. At the presentation of the kitchen, Mrs. Harris thanked the Schnalls for their donation and said the kitchen will “help foster so many social, emotional, and language skills the children need to develop.” She also thanked the Schnalls for their continuous support of the kindergarten class with an annual donation of equipment, such as a trampoline, white board, games, and toys that engage the children in different learning skills.
Mrs. Harris is the anchor of the Cahal kindergarten program. She has been teaching the kindergarten class at HANC for 12 years. This year the class is full, with the maximum of 12 children. The kindergarten class incorporates a comprehensive sensory integration program. Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh, principal of the HANC elementary school, praised the Cahal program and especially the kindergarten class. “It is a privilege and honor to host the Cahal kindergarten at HANC 609. The children’s love of Torah and excitement for learning enhances every aspect of our school climate.”
During the past 21 years, Cahal has successfully educated hundreds of children with various learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, and attention deficit disorders. Classes are limited to 12 students with a student to teacher ratio of 4 to 1. Certified special education secular and Judaic studies teachers, along with experienced assistant teachers, provide individualized educational programs. The uniquely designed programs encourage and promote the children’s success, preparing them for mainstreaming, advanced studies, and adulthood. For more information, visit www.cahal.org. v