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Yavneh Academy Students Take Part in Abilities Day

Yavneh Academy Middle School students were proud to join together for Abilities Day, which took place after all the students read the book “Freak the Mighty.” The book is about two boys who have disabilities and discover that they are truly mighty. Abilities Day was a day to celebrate how we are all mighty—that we all have abilities and disabilities, strengths and weaknesses and that all people must be included and respected. The idea for Abilities Day stemmed from two seventh grade students Liana Kahan and Aviva Zelkowitz, who spearheaded the programming. A team of seventh graders decorated the school with meaningful signs for Abilities Day. Members of Friendship Circle created pieces of art for a gallery. The day ended with a powerful program for each middle school grade run by Yachad. Volunteers were called upon to participate in activities that helped them understand what it is like to have a disability. Abilities Day provided the students an opportunity to truly make sure, as Yachad’s logo says, everyone belongs. After the program, students received a pledge in their in-boxes to join a national campaign called “Be Fearless, Be Kind” which stresses the importance of being inclusive.

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