The Grow Enrichment Program, created for elementary and middle-school students, will enter its third year in 2017.
Grow is a Jewish after-school program that strives to teach children kindness, in general, and appreciation for people who are different from them.
This year, the program will offer a fresh combination of educational and fun Jewish workshops.
The High Holiday Chefs Series will start off the year, and the program will continue with its popular Character and Teambuilding Series, and the exclusive and motivational Aleph Champ Hebrew reading program.
Grow will also introduce a new series, “Inclusion.”
In the series, children will learn to be more inclusive and see the unique qualities in each other. They will explore what makes each person different and talk about how they can each do their part to give others what they need.
At Grow, kids go on a journey beneath the surface and superficiality of physical differences. They uncover the beauty that lies within each and every person and learn to look for it in the people around them.
The Grow program also helps children dive deep into their Jewishness, get creative and messy, and discover their Jewish pride. The workshops are specially designed to foster positive character development, social competence and emotional awareness.
“Our goal for Grow is that kids should be excited about being Jewish,” said Dini Sharfstein, youth director at Chabad of St. Johns. “They should be proud. They should love it.”
The program begins at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at Durbin Creek Elementary School.
To register for the 2017–2018 school year, go to jewishsjohnscounty.com/grow. For information, call 701-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.