Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

The Organizations

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  • Food Allergy Science Initiative - FASI (Grades K-8)

    WebsiteGrade Levels K-8 will learn about this organization
    Mission: To tackle the science of food allergies, a growing public health threat that affects the lives of hundreds of millions worldwide.
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  • Leket (Grades K-8)

    Website | Grade Levels K-8 will learn about this organization
    Mission: To lead the safe, effective, and efficient collection and distribution of surplus nutritious food in Israel to those who need it.
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  • Music and Memory (Grades 2-8)

    WebsiteGrade Levels 2-8 will learn about this organization
    Mission: brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
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  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Grades 5-8)

    WebsiteGrade Levels 5-8 will learn about this organization
    Mission: dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.
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Family Chat Questions

List of 4 items.

  • FASI (Grades K-8)

    Lower School
    • What are some foods you enjoy eating? How may you feel if you weren't able to eat some of those foods?
    • Do you have a friend who has a food allergy? How do you support your friends with food allergies?
    • What can we do to make sure all our friends are safe at school with food allergies?
    • What does a scientist look like?
    • Why is it important for scientists to study food allergies?
    • How do you use teamwork to help others like the scientists and clinicians at FASI?
    • How can you take an idea of how to solve a problem and make it into a reality?
    • What do you think it feels like to have a food allergy? If you have food allergies, what would you like others to know about them?
    Middle School
    • What do you think it feels like to have a food allergy? What are some ways that we can provide support and safety to people with food allergies?
    • What is unique/moving about FASI's story?
    • Why is collaborating so important to understanding the science behind food allergies? What other health questions could a collaborative team better tackle and why?
  • Leket (Grades K-8)

    Lower School Questions:
    • Leket is all about rescuing food that has been grown or made but will not be eaten. How can you make sure that less or even no food goes to waste in your home?
    • Who do you think feel happier, the people who collect the food for Leket or those who receive the food from Leket? Why?
    • Sit together as a family and come up with a few recipes that you can make with fruits or vegetables that don’t look so good but still taste yummy.
    Middle School
    • What do you think it would be like to be a teenager who, after having trouble getting enough food to eat, now has a meal that they can count on each day at school and a group of people to eat with?
    • What do you think would make other countries interested in doing a program like Leket? How could other countries start similar programs? What challenges would they face?
    • Inquire locally: what do local restaurants, hotels, corporate food courts, and chains do with their leftover food at the end of the day?
    • For those who have a bar or bat mitzvah coming up, what can you do to reduce wasted food at your party?
    All Grades
    • What is food rescue and why is it so important? What are the benefits of food rescue?
    • We learned that almost half of the food in the United States goes right into the garbage. Do you think half of the food in your home is wasted? What can you do at home to reduce wasted food?
    • How is the environment affected by wasted food? How does food rescue help the environment?
    • In Israel, there are children who go to school for a full day with no food. Can you imagine going a full day with no food? How do you think this affects their mood? Their ability to learn? To socialize?
  • Music and Memory (Grades 2-8)

    Lower School
    • Do you need music in your life? Why?
    • How does music make you feel?
    • What part of the brain is ignited when music is played?
    • Explain the quote, "Music reconnects and creates a bridge."
    • What can music do for you?
    Middle School
    • Is there a song that you know every word to and that makes you think of some important time in your life when you hear it?
    • How do you figure out what songs will mean a lot to a person with dementia who can’t talk?
    • Does listening to different songs change your mood? Can a song make you happy or more optimistic?
    • Why do you suppose people remember their teen years better than other ages?
    • How does it affect a family when there is a member with dementia? How does that change when that person’s memories are “awakened” by music?
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Grades 5-8)

    • If you had to leave your home and live elsewhere and could take only what you could carry by yourself, what would you bring?
    • What might the home environment of an older teenager’s life be like that force them to make the decision to run away from home with no place to go but the streets?
    • What might be some of the needs of an older teenager or young adult who finds themselves homeless and living on the streets?
    • Why might it be difficult for a homeless young adult or teenager to continue their education or get a job?
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