Nina Woldin, JNF Education Content Manager, and Shira Berenson, JNF Campaign Executive in New York, led four one-hour Tu Bishvat programs for grades one through four at Ramaz Lower School in Manhattan. The kids ate a variety of fruits that corresponded to each of the four seasons. They learned about the origins of Tu Bishvat, the environmental benefits of tree planting and about the early pioneers in Israel. The students also got to play a Tu Bishvat charades game. There were two Ramaz music specialists there with a keyboard and a guitar, so the program included lots of singing both in Hebrew and English.
At the end of the day, there was an assembly for all of the Lower School students (about 300 children), which featured an appearance by Blue Box Bob. Shira Berenson and Blue Box Bob shared an interactive dialogue about JNF's action areas and told everyone to fill their tzedakah boxes and plant trees in Israel for Tu Bishvat. The celebration concluded with singing and dancing.