The Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School of Palo Alto, California has an inspiring program and some amazing students. Seventh graders presented $57,000 to 46 charities at their annual Avodah L’Olam (work for the world) ceremony. Students raised funds through a variety of activities and then voted to determine the final allocation to the various organizations.
Big Cat Rescue was truly fortunate to be chosen by Ms. Parker Levinson for this project. Through this year-long curriculum, Parker utilized interviewing, researching and critical thinking skills; analyzed financial statements, and communicated her findings through persuasive essay writing and presentations. Parker and her mom visited us on a whirlwind overnight trip from California as part of her research. Parker’s extensive efforts resulted in a gift of $1,116.46 to Big Cat Rescue and raised awareness of our sanctuary and our cause in her community. The allocations were announced at the Celebration of Tzedakah (Hebrew for performing acts of justice) on May 29th, 2008.
In addition to her school project, this remarkable 13 year old asked friends and family to donate to Big Cat Rescue in lieu of personal gifts for her Bat Mitzvah. She and her mom again made the trip to Florida for Parker to attend Camp Big Cat 2008 for the week of June 23-26, as she is seen here delivering her school donation in person.
Thank you to Parker Levinson and family, and the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School for this impressive gift to benefit Big Cat Rescue. We have been fortunate to receive not only a monetary gift, but the gift of a friendship with Parker and her community.