The Pesach Prep Program at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens culminated last week with a fantastic show! The Pesach Prep Program, which encourages the students to help out at home with Pesach preparations, is one of BYQ’s most popular programs. A month before Pesach, each student receives a Pesach Prep Calendar and is asked to fill in the amount of minutes per day that she helps to get ready for Pesach. Any activity that makes Pesach Prep easier for parents, such as cleaning, babysitting, cooking, shopping with derech eretz and patience (and not kvetching!), keeping occupied and not disturbing when a parent is busy (for younger students), and packing to go away, can be included in the contest. Any student who reaches the allotted amount of time for her grade attends an exciting show.

The girls are super-enthusiastic to help out at home, and parents are super-grateful! It is amazing to hear students “boasting” about the minutes they helped, many overwhelmingly exceeding the amount specified in the program. Parents are overjoyed that their daughters are enthusiastic to help out at home and are “begging” for more jobs.

Over 400 students attended this year’s show featuring Yang Xiao Di – world famous Chinese circus performer. The girls enjoyed Marino ices as the performer balanced cups of water, eggs, balls, feathers, and more in his mouth, on his nose, and even on his head! It was breathtaking to watch him spin boomerangs, fire, and water.

The fantastic interactive show was a well-deserved reward for the BYQ students. We are so proud of their hard work and good midos!