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Sir Ken Robinson, international advisor on education, has famously taught that “Creativity is as important as literacy.” Teachers at Kehillah Schechter Academy (KSA) in Norwood similarly value creative thinking and believe that each child has a unique spark.

On Sunday, January 12 from  2 to 4 pm, KSA is inviting all pre-K through eighth grade children from throughout Greater Boston to discover their creative spark at the school’s first Creative Kids Festival. Admission is $5 per family. (Alternative snow date is January 26.)

Rabbi David Paskin, KSA Co-Head, says, “Our teachers inspire students to celebrate their spark, develop it and own their learning. We want families to come and celebrate this educational philosophy with us.”

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to discover their own creative spark through a range of interactive workshops. A highlight will be the fabrication of a permanent exhibit in conjunction with artist Dan Trajman. Younger visitors will delight in music and movement including a drum circle with renowned musicians. Participants will also enjoy workshops on video production, poetry, hat design, a session on how to turn an “oops” into something beautiful, and much more. The festival will culminate with Israeli dancing. 

Visitors will also be invited to explore an exhibition of creative student work. Dr. Nancy Hait, KSA’s Literacy Curriculum Coordinator, explains that “The exhibition is inspired by Peter Reynolds’ Creatrilogy, a book series  that celebrates the power of individual thinking. In each story, the characters learn how to express themselves in their own unique way. This concept perfectly aligns with the mission of Kehillah Schechter Academy.”  

Under the leadership of Rabbi David Paskin and Dr. Nitzan Resnick, Kehillah Schechter Academy is a vibrant educational incubator for children and adults where learning never stops. “Learning at KSA is personalized, collaborative and infused with Jewish wisdom and spirit,” Dr. Resnick explains. “We create an experiential educational environment in which learners think boldly and develop independence, Habits of Mind, and 21st century skills.”

Kehillah Schechter Academy is a private, K-8 Jewish day school located at One Commerce Way in Norwood, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Creative Kids Festival at Kehillah Schechter Academy visit www.ksa-ne.org/creative.  For more information about Kehillah Schechter Academy, visit www.ksa-ne.org, email Rabbi David at dpaskin@ksa-ne.org or call 781-769-5555.


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