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PAGE 24A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 06, 2009 By Dori Gerber HDS In early October, the sixth graders at The Hebrew Day School embarked on a very special experience. As the bus pulled out of the HDS parking lot in the wee hours of the morning, the students and their two teacher chaperones, Lisa Sholk and Allan Shain, though bleary- eyed, knew they were about to experience some- thing unique and something theywould remember foravery long time. That they did. The under- lying reason for the annual trip for HDS sixth graders to Savannah, Ga., is to build ca- maraderie and strengthen the bond among students. They did this through a program called Ebenezer Alive. The program's objective of developing positive relationships between teachers and students is met through a variety of hands-on activities that require communication, trust and cooperation. In addition to these im- portant character-building lessons, the students also learned a lot about science and history. For example, they visitedMikvehYisrael, the third oldest Jewish synagogue in the United States. While there, the students ate lunch in the synagogue's sukkah. They also went to ~ybee Island, where they explored marine ecology and learned about the flora and fauna of the beach and how to protect them. Learning about proper etiquette was on the itinerary, as well. During a '50s-themed event, the boys and girls were taught proper ways of interacting with each other, and they had to practice their lessons during this event. Marissa Crasnow, one of the students on the trip, said,"I had fun on this trip because there were a lot of activities that got us to know each other better, and there were fun things to do with each other outside of the school setting:' "My favorite part of the trip was going to the beach," said student David Reiss. "It was so exciting because everyone caught something from fish, to hermit crabs, to even a star fish." The Hebrew Day School will be holding Open House Fri- days throughout the month of November. Call Susan Cohen, director of admissions, at 407- 647-0713, to schedule a visit. Also, visit the HDS's Web site at www.hds-orlando.org, i The sixth graders and their chaperones pose outside Savannah's oldest and one-room schoolhouse. From left, back row: Allan Shain, Yael Diamond, Dor Lotringer, Isaac Spec- tor, Arielle Cohen, Zachary Fluke, Alana Slone, Jesse Render, Joshua Spalter, and Daniel Crosnow; middle Madison Cohen, Avery Dyon, Marissa Crasnow, David Rosenthai and Lisa Sholk;, second row: David Reiss, Anna Danish, Allison Zimmon, Hannah Schafer, Eli Rosenthal and Leah Wunde~, front row" Ian Gentles and Andy Ruben. Arielle Cohen and her classmates have an unsettling reaction to watching a snake eat its prey during the program, Reptiles Alive. Madison Cohen is star-struck at the site of the sea star she caught during a beach excursion. Student Ian Gentles and teacher Allan Shain wave from the end of the jetty at Tybee Island. I Dor Lotringer, Daniel Crasnow, Zachary Fluke, Isaac Spectar and ArieUe Cohen stand on the bimah at Mikveh Yisrael, the third oldest synagogue in the United States. Zachary Fluke and Yael Diamond are getting a su~et-taoth fix at a local candy stare in downtown Savannah.