Big Storm Grounds Air Traffic

We just finished reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper in LA. I was asked to write this news report about an event which happened in the book.

Published December March 15, 2012 • Out of My Mind News

A late-winter snowstorm in on the East Coast has grounded all flights from Boston to Washington, D.C., according to the Federal Aeronautics Association (FAA).

At least 174 flights were cancelled to JFK, Logan International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, BWI, and Pittsburgh International Airport, among others.

The storm also caused winds up to 35 mph and severe fog.

One unnamed airport official in Cincinnatti, Ohio, stated “They’ve got five inches of snow in Boston already, and more is predicted for this afternoon farther south. The FAA won’t let planes take off in weather like this, so our whole system gets gummed up. Planes due to arrive here and then return eastward get cancelled, meaning our afternoon flights can’t depart.”

The storm is expected to clear up enough to let flights continue by about 9:00, with heavy rain expected for tomorrow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Journal 14- Bringing us Closer

This year, as we do every year, we gave toys to needy children and foster children. We were asked to pick either a foster child (through Jewish Children’s and Family Services) or a MaliVai Washington child. I chose a foster child and got a boy who’s eight years old, and wanted basketball or a football. I got for him a medium-sized basketball. I think it’s important that in the season of giving, we can give and not just receive.

Hillel, one of our great Torah sages, taught:

“Do not separate yourself from the community.”


This relates to our project because we are fulfilling this quote. Instead of looking away at the suffering at our neighbors and greedily opening our presents, we first give. Only after we give, then we will get. I think it’s such a beautiful idea to give Christmas presents in a Jewish school.







Journal 13- To All First Responders

Dear First Responder,

Whether you are firefighter, police officer, EMT, or ambulance driver, I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank you. I thank you for your service and time. I thank you for your devotion to keep Jacksonville safe. A special thanks on this day when, you should be at home celebrating with your family, you are instead on the case to help us all. I hope that you stay safe and one day will not need to do your job, for their will be no more murders, car accidents, or fires.

I hope you enjoy the cookies and have a Merry Christmas,

Jake G.



Math Blog Post- Stories With Holes

I decided to solve two Stories With Holes this week as my math blog post. Enjoy!

1.  How can half of eight be three?

Answer: The actual digit 8 is made up of two three’s- one forwards and one backwards. Try it on a piece of paper!

7. “This parrot will repeat any words it hears,” said the pet shop owner.  A lady bought the bird but brought it back a week later to complain that the bird had not yet spoken a single word.  Yet the salesperson had told the truth.  Explain.

Answer: The parrot is deaf.


Journal 11- Giving as part of our Thanks

Last week, we went on a mitzvah trip, but since we had a short week, we did our main trip on Tuesday. We delivered bags of food and frozen turkeys to 30+ families who, otherwise, wouldn’t have any food for Thanksgiving. There were also a few families who were living in hotels, so we gave them pre-baked chicken from Publix. I think that we did this because to truly appreciate what we have and to give thanks on Thanksgiving, we need to actually give.

This definitely enhanced my Thanksgiving. When I sat around my table with all of my family, looking at the table piled down with food, I remembered those who we gave to and how happy they were. I was more grateful for what I had. It’s shocking to me that even today, in 2014, there are nearly 900 million in the world who are hungry. There is more thn enough food to feed these people; we just need to give the food to them.

“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10


Our project relates to the verse because it shows to importance of feeding the hungry. I personally feel that hunger is the worst thing that could happen to a family, and I find it meaningful that we can perform this mitzvah. It says in the verse that our “light”, our power to help, will rise and aid those in need. The most meaningful visit to me was a man who had two young children. He was absolutely surprised and thrilled to see us, and we definitely made his day.

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