The Bernard Milken Elementary School staged a schoolwide Maccabiah Games this past week, giving a unique array of learning opportunities to students of all ages.
As part of preparation for the Games, the students were challenged to design a logo for the event combining the logos of the Maccabiah Games in Israel with the logo of Bernard Milken Elementary. The school opened an exhibit of the different entries and showcased the students’ work.
Each grade also chose which “country” they would represent during the mock Games, and learned before the Games’ launch about their country and about that country’s Jewish community.
The Games began with an Opening Ceremony in the main auditorium, with each grade representing their chosen country with a flag, a sign, and wearing their country’s colors.
Irina Skeeter – a 6th-grader and athlete in tumbling, volleyball, and gymnastics – lit the ceremonial Maccabiah torch, the same as in the official Games. Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro attended the ceremony, as well as Roi Hessing, Spokesman for the 2017 Maccabiah Games.
Throughout the week, the students participated in friendly sports competitions, both between grades within Bernard Milken Elementary and between students of other elementary schools in Ariel.
The initiative – part of Israel’s National Sports Week – is the brainchild of Milken Elementary’s gym teacher, Leora Raychaim, and Principal Dafna Pressman.
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