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Philip Simmons Elementary celebrates passion project with day devoted to storytelling

Published Friday, November 2, 2018

Each year students at Philip Simmons Elementary work hard on a campus-wide passion project. The goal of the project is to develop a perspective on problems faced in the world. This year, the school turned its focus on the community -- relationships, understanding and engagement.

"We wanted to make sure that our community is cohesive," school librarian Rosie Herold said.

Administrators, teachers and students began framing their project around communication -- specifically on storytelling. The goal was to understand how stories impact the perception of a community. The reward would be in hearing new stories and learning to share stories.

"When you see someone and you hear one of their stories, it doesn't give that person an opportunity to show all of what they are," Herold said.

This Friday the school celebrated its first dip into the art of telling and understanding stories with a Storytelling Festival. Community members, volunteers and students held workshops on everything from folk stories to photography.

Herold said getting students to engage in the collection of stories in the community is the objective, and the festival was a fun way to stimulate that.

Brian Troutman