The past two weeks, Tami was in Israel with a group of her students participating in an Israeli Partnership program with a school in Tel Aviv. This means that each sixth grader was partnered up with an Israeli sixth grader for the entire two weeks and even became their house guest, spending each night at their homes. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn about Israeli culture, taste traditional foods, and see many historical spots.

While in Israel, Tami gave her students an assignment. A blog was created for parents and the rest of the school to keep track of what was going on with the sixth graders on their travels. They were each assigned two days that they would be responsible for taking pictures and documenting their experiences. As Tami prepared her students to complete this task, she was surprised to find that most of them had never read a blog and had many misconceptions as to what they should include. After a short workshop where Tami taught her students how to blog they truly became old pros. Here are a handful of posts written by her sixth graders, proving that a blog is a great way to inspire others interested in travel:

We landed at about 1:30 pm. We quickly went through customs and “after flight” security. We met up with our Israeli friends at a ramp. They held up signs and called our names. Hugs were passed around as we walked down to the bus. The 15 minute bus ride was pleasant. Our rented Israeli phones were passed out by our teachers. When we got to the school we got to meet some of our Israeli partners’ friends. All of the girls headed over to my host’s house to hang out, including some of her friends. We had an amazing time. After about an hour at my host’s house her friends walked home and the delegation walked back to school. After we all met up we walked down to a local Israeli restaurant. We enjoyed falafel and fresh chicken. After that we all went home. A few of us were restless so we went down the road to the beach, we had an excellent time. So far, Israel is amazing.
Written by a 6th grade student

On Tuesday we all went to the school and their principle gave us a tour of the school. After the tour we had recess and all of the boys played soccer. After recess we learned about the Israeli flag with the first graders. When school ended, all the boys swent to Jaffa and we played tag in a big area of grass. We then went to a walkway with a 2 foot wall above the ocean. The waves kept crashing against the wall and water would spray on us. At one point, a giant wave came and all of us ran back other then two boys  who ducked behind the wall thinking that the water would miss them. A giant explosion of water flew over the wall and missed the other boys. When the water came crashing down it soaked the two boys to the bone. Luckily it was warm out so they dried soon. After that, we went to the car and all went home.
Written by a 6th grade student

Wednesday was a very fun day, we did so many things. To start off we went to the Herodian Tunnel. The Herodian Tunnel was where we walked in a long tunnel built by the ancient Israelis. This tunnel was used to route the water into Israel. When we walked in the tunnel there was a lot of water. At the very beginning of the tunnel there was so much water it almost reached some of our waists! Near the middle the water wasn’t so high, it was about the same height as our knees. It was so much fun! One of the boys started this creepy booing sound that scared the girls. All of us had a great time and it was so fun!
The next activity we went to was the kotel. The kotel was amazing. It is a huge wall that many people were at. When we got there we split up and had a meeting point. The girls have their section, which isn’t very big, and the boys have their section which was very big. We took our notes and all the other students from our school’s notes and put them in the wall. We made our own private prayers at the wall and met back at the meeting place then had lunch.
After the kotel we did a really awesome activity. We rode a camel! The camel was so cool, it was huge! It’s legs were so complicated. There were knees that were in the back of his leg, and when he sat down it was really weird. The owner made a really weird noise like “chchchchch” it sounded as though he was clearing his throat. That was how he made the camel sit. I was the first to go! I swung my leg over it like a horse and seated myself. Then, it was a rocket. I shot up and I screamed. We went around on the ground and and got back to the place I got on. The ride felt really weird, every step the camel took you rocked forward and felt like you were going to fall off. When we got back “chchchchch” then the camel sat down and I got off. After me everyone else got a chance to ride. It was so amazing everyone loved it.
We then went to our hostel which is like a little hotel. After we checked in we went to the kotel again and got letters from our parents. Everything was so amazing and so fun. I give a very big thanks to our tour guide and to our security guard. I also give a great thanks to our bus driver / DJ, “Be Cool”.
Written by a 6th grade student
Today was a day full of adventure and sadness. Our day started out when we went on a tour around the 5,000 year old seaport, Jaffa, and the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek. As we were getting on our minibus to depart for Jaffa, we were surprised by hearing that six fifth graders were coming along with us. We were each assigned one of them as a partner and we all had a good time. In Jaffa, we bought Talitot and Kippot for our Bat/Bar Mitvahs! When we returned to the school, we went to our Israeli partners houses and got ready for a Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony at their school. The students at the school led the ceremony and it was beautiful. When the siren sounded, everyone automatically stood up, looked at the ground, didn’t move, and were silent for the whole minute. It was an amazing experience, and even though we didn’t understand most of the ceremony because it was in Hebrew, we felt the sadness and we felt sympathy for those who have lost anyone from a loved one to a friend who passed away fighting for their country or even just from being hurt by other people.
Written by a 6th grade student

Today was filled to the rim with a mixture of emotions. The day began with a movie about terrorism and the Israeli army rescuing a bunch of Jews. The whole movie was based on a real event that happened in 1976. After the movie, we went back to our Israeli friend’s houses and got ready for Independence Day. All of us got huge cans of shaving cream and prepared for our shaving cream “battle”. After we were soaked and all sticky, we ended our battle and headed to Kikar Rabin, the town square, to hang out, run around, watch performances, see amazing firework shows, and to just have a good time that would provide wonderful memories that we would never forget.
Written by a 6th grade student
Tami is so proud of her students for putting into words the amazing experiences and life changing adventures that they recently went through. We hope that you have enjoyed this small taste of Tami and her sixth grader’s blog through Israel, and that it will inspire you to visit these amazing sites. In your future travels, leave your journal and pen at home and join us in the 21st century … create your own blog of memories to inspire others as well.

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