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Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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Just Sto Storytelling

126 Manilla
Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589

Phone: 6086588523
Contact Name: Kay Weeden
Organization Profile
Grants Info
Just Sto Stories - 2023 Amount Funded: $2,000.00
We are focusing our storytelling efforts on the benefits of the oral storytelling tradition for literacy in general, as well as the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of those we serve: promoting understanding, managing emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions. Through the process and art of storytelling, in collaboration with professional storytellers and the teachers, we will strive to continue to impact learning and literacy. In the school setting, storytelling supports the foundation for all literacy learning - the development of oral language, and reinforcing both reading and writing. Storytellers are masters of oral language expression, and the very nature of storytelling can heighten skills that increase literacy. At the same time, a good storyteller can provoke thought and understanding of some very difficult social issues and lead the listeners to ways that may connect them to others, inspire them, and instill respect within their hearts and communities. For our older listeners, our goal is to provide thought provoking narratives that will spark stories and memories and above all, sharing, in our listeners. The grant period corresponds to the current academic year, and all programs will take place during this time. Student programming and assemblies are planned from February - May, 2024, with each school determining its own date. We will be offering an after school teachers’ program on implementing storytelling in the classroom during one of the professional storyteller visits. On at least one of these dates, one of the storytellers will also present at the Stoughton Senior Center. The Stoughton Public Library date is TBD, but we are considering Dia de los Ninos, (Day of the Children) April 30 each year.
We are committed to introducing the art of storytelling through professional storytellers in our schools, library and Senior Center. In financial collaboration with each of the sites, the grant is directed to partially cover students and participants costs, as well as marketing and travel costs. Elementary schools: 2-day residency at each school. Includes several large group student presentations by grade levels, and the remainder of time would be in individual classrooms working with students on writing and storytelling. We will also again offer an after school workshop for teachers on integrating storytelling into the curriculum. This programming will likely occur when each school holds their Family Literacy Event and will feature the visiting storytellers. The evening event expands the concept that Literacy is a family event, enjoyed by all ages. Number of participants: Fox Prairie: 398; Kegonsa: 298; Sandhill :414 Evening program including parents of all students: 100/school Stoughton Public Library: 45-minute storytelling program in collaboration with Youth Services and Childrens department. Number of participants: 50 children and parents Senior Center: One or more of the tellers will be featured at the Stoughton Senior Center to entertain and to encourage seniors to participate and tell their own stories. Includes programming and artist talkback session. Number of participants: 30 adults