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April 26, 2013

Column: Have you tipped your hat to education lately?

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On Education Day, all of Salem goes to school — right in downtown. Experience Salem’s downtown as a virtual classroom, where businesses and partners from across the city collaborate and offer learning opportunities galore! Workshops, presentations, live performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities and entertainment for students of all ages and adults will be available.

Ever wanted to learn how to make raviolis? Children ages 10-12 can meet Jean Louis of Jean Louis Pasta and join in a 45-minute ravioli-making workshop and tasting. Need help brushing up your résumé and preparing for a job search? High school students and adults can attend a free workshop sponsored by the North Shore Workforce Development Center to gain these valuable skills. Love poetry and art? Families can stop by the PEM for poetry activities throughout the day for all ages in collaboration with the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Wondering how to dress for your body type? Ladies can join Modern Millie staff in a class on leveraging fashion from throughout the ages to fit your figure. Want to learn how to salsa dance? Folks of all ages can join Greg Coles Dance & Drum to learn how. These are just a few of the many learning opportunities happening throughout the day.

Registration for Education Day opens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Salem Five community room on the Essex Street pedestrian walkway in Salem. All registered participants will receive the workshop schedule, as events are taking place throughout the city.

Education Day is free and open to all Salem residents. Participants must register for the event on that day in order to participate.

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Janine Matho is president of the Salem Education Foundation. This is one in a series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.

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