School Visits

African Storytelling Reimagined

Ada Ari’s school visits provides students with an authentic and interactive exploration of culture. Each session is customized to meet the needs of the schools and students. At a high level, the program can offer these experiences listed below. Ada connects with each school to customize each visit.


For my toddler friends, the program offers plenty of opportunities to move about. This includes dancing, touch-and-feel with authentic artifacts, and an interactive story time.


At elementary schools, my sessions are culturally immersive and engaging for students of all grade levels. Each session is customized to best meet the attendee's needs and includes learning an African dance, geography lessons, cultural discovery through engaging with authentic artifacts, and much more.


My middle and high school programs are my most customized experience as I find that each school has a unique focus point that they want to provide for their students. For this age group, I have offered a wide variety of programs from an exploration of my immigration story to my author and entrepreneurial journey – sharing my passion for my culture and heritage to build programs and products for future generations. I offer an authentic exploration into the various regions of Africa and highlight the wealth and differences in culture, history, economics, politics, and a variety of other topics. These sessions are also interactive as students get to experience and create music, customize fashion, andimagine themselves in various scenarios

"Ada Ari's visit to our school was incredible! Ada demonstrated her ability to adapt the information and activities she shared to a variety of grade levels, and her presentation was engaging and hands-on. Our students and staff enjoyed Mrs. Ari's visit very much, and we would love to have her return to our school in the future." - Mike Remshik Interim Principal, St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School

"I was impressed with [her] ability to interact and engage with children of all ages. It is rare for a storytime-like program to keep both older and younger kids interested, and [she was] able to do it with ease. The setup of the program was perfect, combining music, facts, storytelling, interactive elements and crafts." - Maranda L. Schoppert Head of Children's & Teen Services, Germantown Library - Montgomery County Public Libraries

"The reading was so fun and engaging - for both kids and parents alike." - Jessica Callahan, Co-Owner, Where the Wild Things Play

"I’ve never seen a storyteller rock a story like Ada Ari." - Ellen Przybocki, Owner - The Original Playhouse