The NSCD junior kindergarten (JK) class collected 29 pairs of pj’s for the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for children to help them thrive. For every pair of pajamas collected, Scholastic Book Clubs contributes a brand new book to accompany the donation.
The class talked about how they love to wear their pajamas and read a book before bed. Their teachers talked about how some families need shelter and food, and sometimes there just isn't enough money for pajamas or books.
Once the students understood the need, they brainstormed ways they could help these children and decided to collect new pajamas to share with the children in need. To visualize how many pairs of pajamas the students collected, the teachers created a graph. Each student who brought in a pair of pajamas decorated a paper cutout of a person and added it to the graph. Counting and subtracting the number of “people” on the graph became part of the math unit.
Since 2001, Pajama Program has delivered over 7 million good nights for good days to children facing adversity by providing new pajamas, storybooks and resources for caregivers. The program offers bedtime resources and sleep education nationwide. To achieve its mission, they rely on a national network of volunteers, generous donors and partnerships with 4,000 community-based organizations across the United States, including Puerto Rico.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.