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St. Jerome students ‘build bridges’ with Jewish peers

St. Jerome School fifth-graders introduce themselves to fifth graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy during the video conference that kicked off their participation in the Building Bridges Program.

Photographer: COURTESY

St. Jerome School fifth-graders introduce themselves to fifth graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy during the video conference that kicked off their participation in the Building Bridges Program.

FORT LAUDERDALE | The fifth-grade class at St. Jerome School is participating in the Building Bridges Program, an initiative of the Rosenfeld Foundation Program at the University of Miami School of Education.

The purpose of Building Bridges is to unite people of different backgrounds through learning opportunities that will allow them to know one another. The first step was taking part in a video conference with a fifth-grade class at Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

This video conference allowed students to introduce themselves and get to know the students in the other classroom. Both classes will now be reading the novel “Wonder.” During future video conferences, they will discuss the book and do activities that relate to the novel.

“The goal is to show that students are the same no matter what their race, religion, or ethnicity,” said Stephanie Murphy, St. Jerome’s principal. “The students at St. Jerome had a wonderful time getting to know the students in the other class. They were excited that they were able to communicate with students in another school and see what they had in common with them.”

She added that her fifth-graders are eager to finish reading “Wonder” so they can video conference with their new friends.

St. Jerome School fifth-graders take part in a video conference with fifth graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy. It was the first of many during which they will discuss a book both classes are reading,

Photographer: COURTESY

St. Jerome School fifth-graders take part in a video conference with fifth graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy. It was the first of many during which they will discuss a book both classes are reading, "Wonder."


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