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Japhet School embraces the giving season – 18 Reasons of Hope, student fundraiser and more
CLAWSON, Mich., Nov. 19, 2021 –- Japhet School, an independent, character-based school, is embracing the season of giving this fall with a variety of activities involving students and all who are involved in its community – from families and faculty to its board of trustees and the community.
Students put initiative – one of Japhet’s 18 character qualities –- into action
The school kicked off the season with a winter greens fundraiser by the students in October, which raised more than $9,000 and exceed its goal of $3,500.
“Our students showed wonderful initiative and exceeded our goal by 161 percent!” said Kerri Vizena, head of school, Japhet School. “To say thank you, students will enjoy a pajama, movie, and popcorn day on Friday, Nov. 19.”
18 Reasons for Hope
On Nov. 8, Japhet School launched its virtual 18 Reasons of Hope fundraiser highlighting the 18 character qualities that are woven into the everyday fabric of the education students receive. The Japhet School community and public are welcome to follow along on social media to learn more about these qualities and how they are integrated into the education students receive and to consider a gift to the school. Visit the Japhet School websiteand on social media channels to learn more about the campaign.
“The time is now and the community’s support is needed! For many years 18 Reasons for Hope was a luncheon to promote Japhet School, inform invited guests of the fulfillment of our mission and raise needed funds for continuing into the future,” said Kerri Vizena. “A gift to Japhet School is an investment in the future of our most precious resource – our children, which will direct our hope for a bright future for all of us!”
This heartfelt quote from a former Japhet School student who is now successfully employed in the field of community sustainability shows how her character education impacted her life.
“Japhet School is a forward-thinking school that inspires life-long learners. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful that I was able to attend Japhet,” said alumnus Heather Brushaber. “Japhet has directly and indirectly helped me to overcome obstacles, to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle, hold a rewarding career, and pursue a life-long education. Japhet School has my full support, and I believe that it is one of the best investments that one can make.”
Middle School students tie the thrift character quality into a service project
Middle School students kicked off their first community service project in mid-October, with an electronics drive through human.i.t. This nonprofit and social enterprise’s mission is to create equitable access and shrink the digital divide by providing devices, internet access, digital skills training, and tech support to communities left behind, while helping to divert technology from landfills. The students held a drive to collect older electronics that are no longer being used, or that are not in working order. Thanks to the effort of these students, the Middle School collected electronics that can be repurposed for use within communities that struggle to afford electronic devices.
“Not having electronic devices limits communities in terms of their access to information and services,” said Vizena. “This service project helped these students to find new ways to demonstrate our character values and helped the community in the process! We are very proud of them.”
Japhet School has limited enrollment availability for the 2021/2022 school year for grades 3 through 8. To inquire, visit www.japhetschool.org.
About Japhet School:
Founded in 1973, Japhet School is an independent school, serving children in the metropolitan Detroit area in preschool through eighth grade. Its mission is to nurture and prepare each child for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program. The school provides small classes of fewer than 20 students in each, which enables teachers to challenge students with academic material that is appropriate for their intellectual readiness, regardless of age or grade. Integrated with strong academics is Japhet School’s national award-winning character education curriculum, which builds a peaceful community within the school. The school’s public speaking curriculum gives graduates confidence in leadership roles. Japhet is a National School of Character: it was the first school in Michigan — and the first independent school in the country — to receive this award.
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