Rashi leverages the resources and expertise of businesses and agencies that are in our own backyard as we make connections between the classroom and the community. Rashi has participated in Dedham Trails Day, a family friendly festival featuring environmental, health and outdoor vendors, as well as kid friendly activities such as face painting, bouncy house, arts and crafts. Each year, Rashi middle schoolers participate in the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) elective, serving as reading buddies and mentors to students at a local public school in Dedham. After learning about author Peter Reynolds, Grade 2 students visited his bookstore in Dedham, The Blue Bunny, to meet him.
Students join Rashi’s Kindergarten from over 50 preschools, both Jewish and non-sectarian. We see these preschools as an extension of our community, inviting preschool educators into our classrooms, taking Rashi lessons on the road to the preschools, and partnering with preschool educators to make the transition to Rashi seamless. We collaborate with schools through hosting professional lectures at the Rashi campus, and bringing programming to area preschools and centers.