Community Day School Students Celebrate Reading
Karina Herrera

April 29, 2022 – Sarasota

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School students gathered on Thursday, April 21, to celebrate reading at the 4th Annual Janis Kaplan Author’s Day. This year’s event featured recipients of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards, which are presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience..

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Best of SRQ Local 2022
Karina Herrera

Best Private School
Hershorin Schiff Community Day School

Going to school as a kid is essentially a full-time job and for parents picking the perfect education can be overwhelming. Luckily, our readers make it easy to narrow it down by voting for their favorite private schools. In a landslide win, COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL - HERSHORIN SCHIFF COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL wins Platinum with over 500 votes. CARDINAL MOONEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL did the right calculations to end up our Gold winner. OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY proved to be the perfect playground as a Silver stand-out while SARASOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL spelling-B'd their way to Bronze.

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Banning books mocks the intelligence of young readers
Karina Herrera

The American Library Association reported a total of 330 “book challenges” in 2021. These weren’t for “fringe” texts but for books on recommended reading lists that had been rigorously approved for school libraries. The complaints came from parents, “concerned citizens” groups, school board officials, activists, religious organizations, lawmakers and lawyers.

School administrators fought these challenges. But they didn’t always win, and they’re fighting more challenges today.

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Sarasota students donate hundreds of dollars to help orphan refugees from Ukraine
Karina Herrera

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Students at Hershorin Schiff Community Day School in Sarasota have seen the devastation surrounding the conflict in Ukraine and wanted to find a way to help.

“I got an email a few weeks back from the fifth grade,” said Head of School Dan Ceaser. “The fifth grade said we understand and we are watching what is going on in Ukraine and our hearts are hurting and we want to do something.”

At the end of each school year, students donate all of the “tzedakah” or charitable funds they raise to a nonprofit or cause of their choice. This year was a bit different; the students wanted to act now.

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 Sarasota students donate money to orphan refugees fleeing Ukraine
Karina Herrera

SARASOTA, FLA. — Students at Hershorin Schiff Community Day School raised money to help orphans who left their country to find safety during the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

Joannie Bloch, a 5th-grade teacher at Community Day School, said her students were curious about current events and the world around them.

A month ago, one of her students asked, "Why do we learn about history if it happened in the past?" Weeks later, she said her students became worried about the families fleeing Ukraine.

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