Friday, October 6, 2017
The Power of Artists In Schools: The Best Gifts!
Today marks the 50th time I've gone around the sun!
I have had some wonderful gifts.
The David traveled with me to California. That is always a treat!
I always love my birthdays. Some years I am at Jonesboro, TN at the National Storytelling festival. This year, if you want to hear what's going on, but you cannot get there, they are streaming the festival live!
I am not at the National Festival. I am in Lodi, CA this year. I'm telling and relaxing...not at the same time.
Yesterday, I was at a school where I worked with everyone from k - 8.
The principal came up to me at the end of the day and said, "I'm already getting great feedback. The Kindergarteners left your performance and went back to their room for writing time. Some write, some draw depending on their abilities. For the first time, every kind wrote and they wrote far more than they ever had. Even the child who hasn't written anything all year, and always starts crying when it is time to write was excited and wrote without any prompting."
The gifts just keep on coming.
Today I got a chance to tell to a k-12 school, and I had one young senior who was slumped in his seat when he arrived, but perked up as the telling continued and was all in it by the end. He came up to me after the set was over and said, "You are the best storyteller I have ever heard."
I was also mobbed by an entire group of first graders who all needed hugs.
I took a nice long walk with the mister, and when I got back to the room, I found this video waiting for me.
I have been celebrating the joy of storytelling for several weeks. This video was put out by the United Arts Council of Wake County.
So, for all the joys of performing, and because there are thousands of folks gathered in TN listening to storytelling, I say what a great trip it has been around the sun!
Can't wait to see what the next 365 days will bring.