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Families Invited To Special Event At New Canaan Country School

Jim Ziolkowski, founder of Stamford-based buildOn.
Jim Ziolkowski, founder of Stamford-based buildOn. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan Country School will host its second annual Culture and Collaboration Day on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Jim Ziolkowski, founder of the Stamford-based nonprofit organization, buildOn.

Ziolkowski is also the author of the national bestseller, "Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?" 

The theme of this year’s Culture and Collaboration Day, which is co-hosted by the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at NCCS, is “Access to Education; Access to Play.” The day will open with a performance from the combined New Canaan Country School and Horizons at NCCS student choir.

Students who have worked with buildOn will give a short presentation about their experiences. Ninth grade students who recently attended the national Student Diversity Leadership Conference will share reflections. After the presentations, families will have the opportunity to play multicultural games and make crafts.

From traditional board games to international versions of hopscotch and jump rope, students of all ages will be able to explore games new and familiar, from home and around the world.

The day will conclude with a potluck lunch and bake sale that will feature dishes from many cultures represented by NCCS and Horizons families. A board game and activity book drive has been underway as a companion project to Culture and Collaboration Day.

New and gently used activity books and board games have been collected and will be donated to Darien-based Person-to-Person and other area nonprofit organizations.

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