Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, celebrated graduation with a fun-filled and meaningful “Builders Graduation Parade.” The parade incorporated two concepts that were staples of the Gan Chamesh curriculum this year. The Gan Chamesh STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program has introduced a focus on engineering that is a large component of the children’s block play. Using hollow blocks, the students have mastered concepts in engineering and math as they built, balanced, planned, measured, and conceptualized magnificent structures throughout the year. The children’s block play enabled them to understand another more esoteric concept that was stressed throughout the year—the concept of building the future Beis HaMikdash one brick at a time. The children understand that each mitzvah they do is like a virtual brick that they are adding to the Beis HaMikdash.
The Builders Graduation Parade incorporated the components of the STEM program while celebrating the mitzvos the children do and the roles those mitzvos play in the building of the future Beis HaMikdash. The parade centered on a magnificent model of the Beis HaMikdash. The model was surrounded by the hollow blocks that were so instrumental to the STEM program this year. The children marched to the music of Gary Wallin, attired in Gan Chamesh shirts and yellow construction hats. Each child held a block onto which their favorite mitzvah had been printed. As the children marched around the Beis HaMikdash, they stacked their blocks on the hollow blocks surrounding the Beis HaMikdash. The little architects really understood the concept of the mitzvos they do paving the way for the construction of the future Beis HaMikdash.
Despite the wet weather, the graduation parade was a huge success. Gan Chamesh thanks the families and friends that came to celebrate, the local police department, the auxiliary police department, the Village of Cedarhurst, Gary Wallin, Binyamin Wallin, Tzvi Adler, and Hana Adler for all their hard work. A huge mazal tov to all of the little graduates!
Gan Chamesh’s Early Childhood Center is under the auspices of Chabad of the Five Towns, headed by Rabbi Zalman and Rebbetzin Chani Wolowik. If you would like any information on Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, please contact Susy Adler or Suzanne Wallin, the program directors, at 516-295-2479. v