Sydney Lefton of St. Louis, Missouri celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in April, 2011 and did a terrific Mitzvah Project which benefited North Side Community School a school for kids from kindergarten-2nd grade.
We think Sydney’s Mitzvah Project idea can be done by any child across the country and asked her some questions to get more details on what she accomplished and how she pulled it off!
Please continue reading to learn more:
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
SL: I came in touch with North Side Community School when my 6th grade class took a field trip there. We went there to play and read with the students and I learned just how important it is to appreciate what you have. I was very sad but inspired to see and hear just how much each of these kids have gone through in their short lives. They had very few books in each classroom that had been purchased by the teacher and they didn’t have a library. This is why I choose to help create a library for them as my Mitzvah Project.
MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project.
SL: I had an open house for 2 days during the weekend. I sent out flyer’s to everyone who I was going to invite to my Bat Mitzvah. It was an overwhelming response. We had over 100 people show up and I collected over 1600 books in all. My friends came and stayed for a couple of hours. It was a lot of fun.
Sydney with all the books she collected!
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah?
SL: It is such a great feeling to know how much I have helped the school and the children. When I delivered the books the kids faces said it all. They were so overwhelmed and happy to be getting the books.
The happy children of the North Side Community Center
MM: How long can people donate to this charity?
SL: My Mitzvah Project is over but I am sure they would be happy to still accept donations of money.
MM: Anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
SL: It was a great success and I couldn’t be happier about how many books I was able to give to the school.
Congratulation Sydney on a job well done. Thank you for sharing your Mitzvah Project with our readers. We know you have inspired others to do the same!