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Kidsday: My Mitzvah Project

Since I was 7, I have been recycling bottles and saving the money. The money I get will go to a cancer charity. I'm doing this for my Mitzvah Project, which is a part of the preparation for my bar mitzvah in 2012.

I will be donating all the money I get to a cancer foundation in memory of my mom's cousin Steven, who died of brain cancer at 37 years old. I was named after him in Hebrew. In addition to Steven, I have had three other close relatives who have had cancer but have thankfully all recovered and live healthy lives. Papa had lung cancer, Grandma had breast cancer and my uncle had lymphoma.

Until my bar mitzvah in October, 2012 I will not count how much money I've collected.

It will be exciting to count it all at once!

I feel proud of what I am doing and hope that it is going to help make a difference in our world.

Adding smiles to children's hospitals

Our families have all taken part in Discover the Smile (, a charity designed to make children's hospitals better places for kids.

We helped design a hall that was decorated like space. When you walk down this hallway, you hear sounds that you would hear in space. We also helped to make murals out of toys and candy.

Our families sponsored many things, such as computer games, sculptors and some board games.

We even had a fundraiser at a Mets game. We got to meet different players and take pictures with Mr. Met.

A few years ago we made self-portraits by painting tiles to brighten up the hospital wall. Now when kids go down the hallways, instead of seeing white walls, they see hundreds of smiling faces.

This charity gives many people a good chance to do good deeds by helping the children in the hospital.

- Emily Epstein, Matthew Schwartz, Miranda Tanenbaum and Anna Watson, Kidsday Reporters

Going for the gold in math

This winter I competed in the Nassau County Math Olympiad tournament at SUNY Old Westbury. This was my second time competing.

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders are allowed to compete.

All five elementary schools in Port Washington sent teams. There are five kids on each team.

There are 10 questions on the Math Olympiad. I answered eight questions correctly in the individual event.

In the team event, we answered seven questions correctly.

I didn't win any prizes, but it was still a valuable experience.

I hope to go back next year.

- Matthew Kam, Kidsday Reporter

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Liz LeSueur's fifth-grade class, JOHN J. DALY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Port Washington


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