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9th Grade Creatively Minyan Expresses Solidarity With Parkland

By Abby Fisher ’19

“It’s hard to get angry at someone selling cookies,” said 9th grade student Ayelet Kaminer. She was referring, of course, to the bake sale she initiated in conjunction with her minyan, 9th Grade Creative Expression. Kaminer explained that she chose to fundraise in the form of a bake sale in part because it depoliticized what some see as a partisan issue.

“I think that because the money we are donating is going to help innocent people our own age, it’s a cause anyone, no matter their politics, can get behind,” she continued.

Although the sale only lasted 3 days, Kaminer and the Creative Expression minyan, along with facilitator and LQ teacher Benji Shiller, earned a total of two hundred dollars. Given the success of the sale, Kaminer plans to hold another one in the near future.

“After Parkland, we noticed that the tragedy made its way into every space we were a part of – especially our minyan,” Kaminer asserted. She explained that they wanted not only to pray, but to also take direct action. “Many survivors will have a lifetime of therapy bills ahead of them, and we want to help with that,” Kaminer noted.

The prices on the goodies are cheap, ranging from fifty cents to two dollars, making it easy for students to afford supporting the victims of the Parkland shooting. Proceeds go directly to the Broward Children’s Fund, a fund set up by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s school district, which helps cover hospital bills, funeral fees, and therapy costs for student victims and their families.

The old saying advises not to eat your feelings, but with the alluring spread of Oreos, maple cookies, chocolate chip cookies, doughnuts, pringles, kit-kats, and hot cocoa, it’s hard to resist. Especially if it’s for a good cause.

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