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Impact: DC Goes to the White House

Posted on 07/01/2010 @ 10:59 AM

Impact: DC Jam 1


Oh Parental Units/'rents/Mothers/Fathers/Abbim/Emmot/Guardians,

Ahoy from Impact: DC JAM! Our names are Jake Janofsky and Sarah Seldin. and we are the teen coordinators for this summer's adventures.We are rising college freshmen who are here to enrich your child's time at JAM by bridging the gap between the incredible participants and the fabulous staff.

Today at DC JAM, we explored the extremes of American society. Our day began with a quick jaunt down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or the White House, looking sharp in our suit jackets and skirts. The tour through the House's show rooms felt rather short, but we snaked our way through the stately grandeur of the East Wing, meticulously inspecting our surroundings. We learned that President Obama was, in fact, inside the building at the same time as our tour! Although we didn't see the 44th President, all of us loved the opportunity to see the Obama family's residence.

After some free time to explore the Smithsonian museums, we smplit into several groups. Some of us walked through the Capitol building, and others went to museums, but we all came back together to address the opposite extreme of America: the homeless. The National Coalition for Homeless facilitated a panel of two speakers, both of whom graciously shared their experience of having been homeless in the DC area. What surprised many participants, and even staff, was that both speakers, named Alan and Sheila, sounded remarkably like us. They were people who had families, who went to private schools, attended college, and worked well-paying jobs, but for their own reasons, ended up in debt and unfortunately, on the streets. Later, Alan and Sheila acted as our guides as we left the isolation of the Hillel building and took the Metro to McPherson Square. Our task was the study of Street Torah... which you should ask your child about when they get home!

We will be sure to keep updating you on our activities, and maybe your son or daughter will be sending out a blog as well, so keep in touch!

Sarah and Jake

PS Peace out Cub Scouts!


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