Director Public Affairs Media Relations
Renton Washington Stake
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
For Immediate Release
30 October 2007
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace
RENTON, WA – The Maayan Babustan Arab Jewish Waldorf Kindergarten School project in Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel is a unique initiative that requires helping hands, generous hearts, and intelligent minds to become a reality. To this end, this project and the kindergarten belong to the community, and moreover they belong to all those people who love and support it--and to those who every now and again keep it in their hearts and mind.
On a recent trip to Kiryat Tiv’on Israel, Chanda Hair, Bellevue Washington Stake Young Women President; Sue Bowman, Renton Washington Stake Public Affairs Media Director and Connie Hiroo, Garrison Creek Ward Relief Society President (Renton Washington Stake) met with Amir Shlomain, Director of the Maayan Babustan Arab Jewish Waldorf Kindergarten School, bringing needed supplies and funding for the school. Over forty-six members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also toured the school during this visit.
This bi-cultural school has fourteen students attending--eight children speak Arabic and six children speak Hebrew--with the purpose of helping these children learn to play and work together. While on a 2006 concert tour of Holland, Marvin Goldstein, internationally acclaimed LDS pianist and Sue Bowman became aware of the Waldorf Kindergarten School in Israel and its mission of bringing peace and understanding to their part of the world. This is accomplished by teaching children from different cultures to work, play and learn together. The school, while in its infancy, has had great success and continues to grow.
Over the past year, the Renton Washington Stake Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked with the Renton community in building bridges to our young friends in Israel. Boxes of school supplies and contributions have been sent to help facilitate this school. Through fund-raising concerts with Marvin Goldstein, a new classroom was built during the summer of 2007. Another benefit concert in Kiryat Tiv’on allowed the school to finish the classroom, giving the children additional space and supplies. Additional teachers were hired.
“We are excited about building bridges to our young friends in Israel. We hope to return each year bringing much-needed supplies and donations to this incredible school and to those who volunteer to help youngsters grow up in a peaceful environment,” Sue Bowman reported.