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Students at Jewish school in Geneva volunteer in forest preserves

Students pulled garlic mustard, collected seeds

GENEVA – Students from the Fox Valley Jewish School in Geneva helped uproot invasive garlic mustard from Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn this spring, the capstone of their annual community service project, the school announced in a news release.

One part of the school’s mission is to contribute to the community in a meaningful, kid-friendly way. This year, the students worked with the Kane County Forest Preserve to help maintain area forest preserves, the release stated.

Last fall, students ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old helped gather seeds from native plants at Dick Young Forest Preserve that would be used to reseed forest preserve land.

In May, they met to identify and rid a section of Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve of garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that can dominate other plants in the woods. 

The school, 121 S. Third St., Geneva, is now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year.

The school meets twice a month on Sunday mornings from September to May and is divided into an upper and lower school.

Classes include a Hebrew word of the day and ethics lesson. Children will be divided by age groups for the lesson of the day, followed by the ages joining together again for art, food, music or book club for the final half hour, the release stated.

“Fox Valley Jewish School is a wonderful way for local families to provide a stronger sense of Jewish community for their children,” Rachel Yackley, executive director of Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, stated in the release. “We would love for new families, including interfaith families, to join our welcoming school community for the great school year ahead.” 

Fox Valley Jewish School is affiliated with Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, a Jewish community group that was formed 12 years ago to create a cohesive community for the many Jewish and interfaith families living in Fox River Valley.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors serves families looking for Jewish activities close to home and is sensitive to modern family needs.

Families can visit to find out more about the group and the school, as well as register for school. 

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