Each year, the entire Lower School reads and celebrates the same book in honor of a unique Ramaz experience: Book Day, where students (and faculty) connect to literature through a full day of interdisciplinary activities. Students in all four grades prepare for the day in their General Studies classes where the book is read aloud and discussed.
The featured book this year was Ada's Violin, the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood. The book tells the story of Ada Ríos who grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chávez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada-and her town-forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation.
Ada's Violin, the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Book Day kicked off on Friday with our very special guest, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.
- View the photo slideshow!
- Read the brochure sent home with students detailing the exciting learning activities of the day.