Strelitz International Academy Mitzvah Club Shines at Beach Clean-Up: A Day of Service and Fun

Quinn M., Calanit W. and Grayce B. pose with their beautiful chalk art before the beach clean-up.

By Ally St. Pierre, Admissions and Marketing Manager

The sun shone brightly as students and families from the Strelitz International Academy Mitzvah Club gathered at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for a beach clean-up event that blended service with fun on Sunday, June 2, 2024. The day began with laughter and joy as children played with bubbles and created colorful chalk art on the boardwalk, setting a vibrant tone for the community effort ahead.

Strelitz International Academy Families gather together after a successful day of cleaning the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Lillian Mae B. before the beach clean-up with her drawing representing the SIA Mitzvah Club.

Lillian Mae B. before the beach clean-up with her drawing representing the SIA Mitzvah Club.

Strelitz International Academy Families gather together after a successful day of cleaning the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Armed with gloves, trash bags, and a strong sense of purpose, the volunteers spread out across the beach to pick up litter. The initiative, which took place on a beautiful Sunday morning, was not only about cleaning up the environment but also about embodying the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam” — the concept of repairing the world.

Throughout the morning, participants collected bags full of trash, including plastic bottles, food packaging, and other debris. The dedication of the volunteers turned the usually crowded beach into a cleaner, more inviting space for everyone to enjoy.

After the clean-up, the group took a well-deserved break, enjoying a peaceful moment of relaxation on the now pristine beach. The event ended on a high note, with participants feeling a deep sense of accomplishment and community spirit.

This beach clean-up is just one of the many impactful activities organized by the SIA Mitzvah Club throughout the year. The club has been a beacon of kindness and generosity, engaging in several projects that have made a significant difference in the community. Highlights of the past year include:

  • Donating 24 honey jars and heartfelt cards to homebound seniors for Rosh Hashanah, bringing sweetness and joy to those who might otherwise feel isolated during the holiday.
  • Contributing approximately 500 bottles of water to the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, helping to provide essential hydration to those in need.
  • Collecting and donating 100 winter coats, ensuring that many could stay warm during the colder months.
  • Gathering and distributing 300 books to REACH, promoting literacy and the love of reading among children.
  • Raising and donating $268 to the Benjamin Goldberg Foundation, supporting important causes and research.

The SIA Mitzvah Club’s commitment to service and community reflects the core Jewish value of “Gemilut Chasadim” — acts of loving-kindness. Through their various projects, members of the club demonstrate that even small acts of kindness can have a big impact. 

As the sun set on the day’s activities, there was a palpable sense of fulfillment among the participants. The beach clean-up not only made the oceanfront a cleaner place but also reinforced the importance of community service and the power of collective action. The Mitzvah Club’s efforts remind us all that when we come together with a shared purpose, we can make the world a better place for everyone. 

Strelitz International Academy is Tidewater’s Community Jewish Day School serving infants through grade 5.  To learn more about the school schedule a visit.

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