Imagine sitting in a carpet-filled room listening to fifth grade boy retelling an Old Jack tale or a young teenager’s person story relating how she feels about her brother moving to Hawaii. Picture a high school student recounting the classic misadventures of Peter Pan or a twelve-year-old retelling her own version of “The Little Red Hen” to a group of kindergartners. Envision a camping trip on which a Boy or Girl Scout shares a story about a gift that could be held in his or her hand. Marvel, as we have, at the students who speak of their grandmother’s smile, their mother’s heart, or their friend’s kind words. Imagine an older sister and younger brother telling a tale of sibling rivalry in tandem or a petite nine-year-old telling the classic tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” in Arabic. Imagine kids sharing their ideas, building stories, and coming together to enjoy laughing, crying, wondering and appreciating one another.
Now you can do more than imagine. Focusing on the primary adage “everyone has a story to tell,”
(Excerpted from Kevin Cordi and Judy’s Sima’s award-winning book Raising Voices: Creating +Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes.)
Our students, K-8 participate in a school storytelling festival that encourage oral communication. Students choose a piece of work to memorize and present it to their classmates. A winner from each class is selected to perform at our school storytelling festival. The top three winners of our school advance to the Davis District Storytelling Festival and from there, they can advance to the Weber State University Storytelling Festival.