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By Minerva Romo, May 20, 2007Local contributors honored at ORT America luncheon Members of ORT America, South Palm Beach County Region, celebrated the third annual contributor’s luncheon to honor local men and women who make the organization possible through their donations. This was the first major event since the merging of American ORT and Women’s American ORT, which united to form ORT America. More than 130 contributors were honored at Woodfield Club, said Abby Schenk, event co chairwoman, who lives west of Delray Beach.Jump ropes in tales of double DutchBy Ginia Bellafante The New York Times, January 17, 2007Is it blasphemous to suggest that in the world of urbane American child rearing there simply seems to be too much love between parents and teenagers? Too much trading of Ugg boots and playlists, too much consensus on Bob Dylan, David Sedaris and gnocchi? When precisely did the taste for rebellion expire? Within certain demographics, young people seem to culturally distinguish themselves from their parents not by what they consume but merely by how they consume it. So Brouse, the physical education teacher at Country Isles Elementary, worked with youngsters to prep them for the recent Jump Rope for Heart fund raiser, benefiting the American Heart Association. “We started a month before the fund raiser,
” said Brouse, of Pembroke Pines. “Some kids didn’t know how to hold the rope.” He taught them the basics, such as holding the handles out to the side, turning the rope over their head in a forward rotation, and looking straight ahead.By C. She’ll often stop those rascals who are trying to cut in line or get an edge unfairly. At home, she always is willing to fix her mother a cup of tea, write her love notes or help an older cousin with his homework. Once, Akeyla, 9, even wrote an encouraging message to a teacher after the teacher had a bad day. “She truly cares for others,” said her third grade teacher, Donna Halsted. She is part of the Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, or AWANA, program at First Baptist Church of Hollywood. She is among about 25 youngsters from preschool age to high school who get together Wednesday nights to play games and learn about Christianity. “I am learning about the Bible and how important it is to be nice to other people,” she said. Finals are Monday. The Boca Raton squad prepared for the tournament by getting a taste of some pitching they hadn’t encountered in lead up games and tournaments. “We’ve been working a lot with throwing them curve balls, and we’ve had some lefties pitch to them,” manager Al Alfieri said. “I want to prepare the kids for every scenario they could face in the tournament.”Squeal In DelightThe goal at Pembroke Pines Charter FSU Elementary School was to raise $5,
000 for the American Heart Association. The method was jump roping. Getting to see Principal Lisa Libidinsky and athletics coach Robert Lee kiss a pig was just an added incentive.