The Annual Janis Kaplan Author's Day

Due to COVID-19, mandatory online learning precluded the school from hosting our Annual Janis Kaplan Author's Day in-person. This year's featured author, Laurel Snyder, wrote the children's book Baxter, The Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher.

We are thrilled to be able to host a special Janis Kaplan Author's Day Zoom chat with Ms. Snyder as part of our distance learning program - please join us on Friday, April 3rd, at 1:30 pm!

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Ms. Snyder also gave a video reading of the book to share with our students as they learn remotely! Thank you to Laurel Snyder and to all who make the Janis Kaplan Author's Day such a beloved tradition at Community Day School.


About the Annual Janis Kaplan Author's Day

Thanks to a generous endowment established by the Kaplan Family, Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is honored to host the Janis Kaplan Author's Day each year. 

Janis Kaplan worked as an enthusiastic and committed elementary teacher in the Norfolk Virginia school system. She loved teaching and adored her students. Tragically, she passed away in 1990 after a 10-year battle with cancer. In her honor, her parents established a fund for an annual author's day program at a Virginia school and, ultimately,  here at Community Day School. The family felt that our school's value commitment and - very importantly - support from the Sarasota Jewish community convinced made it the perfect place to honor Janis' memory and her dedication to education.

Jay Kaplan, the brother of Janis Kaplan, calls the annual event "a tribute to quality education and a small attempt to help in the endless challenges of giving children the best opportunity to learn and grow."

We are honored to continue Janis’ legacy of education and share her love of reading with each student at Community Day School.