DC with Mrs. Barmach

My name is Jordyn Meltzer and I am an 8th grader here at Kellman Brown Academy. I would like to share a little bit about my DC experience but before I do so, I need to hit rewind and take you back to three years ago when my older sister Gabbi, a KBA graduate, was in my position.Three years ago, I couldn't understand the excitement she had about politics, current events and the then 'g-d awful news'. She talked about this thing called "Barmach" and how she aced "A Barmach test". It seems that all of her friends wanted to do just that! It was a bit scary for me. Let's fast forward to today. I have since learned that Barmach is a person - Mrs. Barmach, our Social Studies teacher. I now understand the excitement about current events and the importance of knowing what's going on in the world around us. I now understand how our leaders impact relationships across the globe. I now understand the importance of voting and making sure the right leaders represent the United States of America. I now understand the "Barmach Thing" and her rigorous push to get us involved and in the know. Mrs. Barmach brings the classroom to life with real world, current events that we can all relate to today. Mrs. Barmach's learnings are often at the heart of our family dinner conversations or as we call them 'political chats' amongst family. She teaches us that any one of us can represent the USA in Washington DC. She believes in us. Yesterday I was able to meet Senator Booker. Senator Booker was the mayor of Newark, NJ and is now one of our Senators. I was very excited to have this opportunity to meet with someone who has the ability to effect change in what happens with New Jerseys laws. Each and every day, I watch and learn about Senator Booker and other politicians in the news. Senator Booker was friendly and I was surprised to hear him speak about how much he knew about Judaism. He even used some Hebrew phrases as he spoke with us. It was comforting to know that someone who represents our state was in touch with Jewish-ness. I can't quite describe the full feeling, but I can say that to have the experience of seeing the politicians in action was exhilarating. To have the ability to watch a bill become law, or not, was empowering. While watching congress in action, I had the honor of sitting next to Mrs. Barmach and the excitement as each senator or congressman walked in was infectious. We saw Senator John McCain and Senator Mitch McConnell to name a few. I am willing to bet you don't all know who Senator Mitch McConnell is, but rest assured the 8th grade class does! I thank my parents and my grandparents for giving me the opportunity to be here at Kellman Brown Academy. I thank Kellman Brown Academy for creating and providing a great learning environment. Last but not least, I thank Mrs. Barmach for being Mrs. Barmach. My sister Gabriella still says you had a great and positive impact in her academic life. I am proud to say that I second her motion. Thank you.