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JCC Partners with Town of Woodbridge to Celebrate Diversity

JCC Partners with Town of Woodbridge to Celebrate Diversity

The JCC of Greater New Haven, in partnership with the Town of Woodbridge, will host a free event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 21st 2019) to promote inclusion and help children discuss and value diversity.

In the event which is intended for children in grades K-3 and their families, co-authors Terry Murphy and Mariam Azeez will be on hand to read from and discuss their book, “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity.”  In addition to hearing from the authors, we will celebrate inclusion with a special musical performance.

The book is a heart-warming children’s story about Sydney who makes a new friend and together they set off in search of lessons of kindness, inclusion and acceptance.  Eleven-year-old co-author Mariam writes “Follow Soulful Sydney as she meets the girl next door.  And together they set out to wander and explore.  What they find is just beyond Gratitude Garden gate.  Come along and join the fun – new adventures await!”

In addition to the story, children are invited to make No-Sew Blankets as a compassion craft that will be donated to a variety of local non-profit agencies as a way to spread the kindness forward.

The event is free and families are encouraged to preregister at www.jccnh.org/soulful-sydney.  The book with an accompanying coloring book may be pre-ordered at a discounted rate of $8.  Books will also be available for purchase at the event for $12.  It is not required to purchase a book in order to attend the event.  For more information please contact Emily Kurz at the JCC, (203) 387-2424, ext. 306 or emilyk@jccnh.org.

WHAT:           Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity

WHEN:           Monday, January 21st from 10am – 12pm

WHERE:         JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge

COST:             Free, optional book/coloring book available for purchase

Related Events Sponsored by the Town of Woodbridge

In addition to the Soulful Sydney family event at the JCC on January 21, the ad hoc Community Council of the Town of Woodbridge will present the following two events for teens and adults:

A book discussion about Ta-Nahesi Coates’ book Between the World and Me, on Tuesday, February 26 at the Amity Regional High School Library, and the movie I Am Not Your Negro on Thursday, February 28 at the Woodbridge Town Library.  Check the Town website for additional information.


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