Kokoro no Gakko – or “School with a Heart” in English – is a two-week summer program dedicated to the culture and arts of Japan and founded to pass on an understanding of Japanese American culture. Children between kindergarten and 6th grade learn traditional Japanese customs and practices through hands-on activities, including bonsai, ikebana, origami, calligraphy, cooking, language arts, singing, and much more. The program closes with an Open House showcasing the cultural skills acquired by the students, a raffle, and potluck dinner. Gakko is held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple and is a parent-cooperative venture, thriving on the support from all the children’s families and the generosity of the classroom and resource-specific senseis.
Registration will open in February for the 2018 summer session. Gakko is available for children who have completed kindergarten through the 6th grade (by June 2018).
School Dates: June 25 through July 6, 2018. There is no school on July 4th.
Location: Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge Street, Watsonville.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.
“New family” orientations will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 11:30–12:00 and 12:00–12:30. Please see additional registration information and requirements here.