World ORT, a group of Fellowship-funded Jewish schools throughout the former Soviet Union (FSU), estimates that 20 percent of students wouldn’t be able to attend their schools without The Fellowship funding their school security systems, hot meals, and bus rides. Tragically, the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh reminded us all of how important security is in facilities where Jewish people gather.
Recently, we received this heartfelt thank-you letter from Oksana, a grateful teacher at one of the World ORT schools in Kiev, Ukraine.
We are very grateful to The Fellowship for ensuring security in our children’s school. As a teacher of the fifth grade class, I very much appreciate that we have skilled guards who monitor the school building.
The guards also control admission into and out of the building. This means my students cannot leave the school during their lessons without permission.
Teenagers are curious and very active. The desire for everything new and unusual, and the desire to be equal with adults sometimes makes their behavior unpredictable. Inside the school, the children are always protected, and this is very important in our troubled times.
Many students stay at the extended-day groups or in individual lessons. Our students are very talented. Many of them win city and regional Ukrainian and/or international competitions and Olympiads. That’s why they spend a lot of their time at school after lessons, training for competitions or other events. Many parents will enroll their children in this school from across the city, as it is very essential for them that their children could learn technology, Hebrew, and Jewish traditions.
Our entire school family thanks The Fellowship greatly for ensuring our school building is safe to work and study.