Councilwoman Nancy Navarro presented a proclamation from the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday to students and administrators of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and Harmony Hills Elementary School, both in Aspen Hill.
The proclamation recognizes the Chesed Ambassadors program, which takes eight Berman Academy eighth graders to visit kindergarteners at Harmony Hills each month to help students with reading and math. Chesed is Hebrew for “kindness.”
Located less than two miles apart, but separated by Connecticut Avenue, the two schools do not have opportunities to interact, according to a council news release posted at mymcmedia.
The idea for the program came from a meeting between Navarro (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Berman Academy headmaster Joshua Levinsohn.
"I'm so glad we were able to put this program together," Navarro said. "This is a wonderful program because both the mentors and mentees benefit from a deeper understanding of people from other cultures and backgrounds."