The top storytellers from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District were honored last week at a district-wide storytelling festival at the Fulton Education Center.
Participants shared folklores, fairytales, legends and fables which ranged from spooky to downright hysterical.
Level 1 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. Left to right are: Hanna Miller, Volney, The Fox and the Goat; Molly Williams, Fairgrieve, The Pig at the Candy Store; Lauren Kingsley, Granby, The Mouse and the Sausage; Jessica LaPage, Volney, The Little Gray Bird; Noah Horning, Lanigan, The Stolen Ax; Hannah Hobby, Granby, The Three Billy Goats Gruff; Elizabeth McDermott, Lanigan, The Mice and the Cat; and Annyka Halligan, Fairgrieve, Why Dogs Chase Cats. The students above are in either third or fourth grade at their respective elementary school.
Many even included a useful moral lesson that provided a bit of advice to audience members.
The festival was the culmination of a storytelling event that began in each elementary school in late March.
Students in grades three through six competed for the honor to represent their school by progressing from classroom-level competitions to grade-level competitions to a building-level competition and then finally the opportunity to represent their school and tell their stories at the district festival in front of a large audience.
The goals of the storytelling program are to increase self-esteem, develop poise and confidence in public speaking, enhance listening and memorization skills, strengthen language development and heighten the students’ appreciation of literature.
Level 2 gold medal winners from each elementary school in the Fulton City School District showcased their storytelling talents at a recent District Wide Storytelling Festival. First row, left to right, are: Camille Stevenson, Granby, Three Days of the Dragon; Jasmine Criswell, Lanigan, The Taxi Ride; Briana Coakley, Fairgrieve, The Gunnywolf; Jessican Hyman, Volney, Clever Elsie; MacKenzie Hayden, Volney, Clever Gretel; and Dani Avery, Granby, The Beautiful Dream. Second row, left to right are: Zachary Hobby, Granby, It Could Always Be Worse; Alexander Blaine, Fairgrieve, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; Raiden Hansen, Lanigan, Ananzi and the Moss-Covered Rock; and Justin Hatch, Fairgrieve, The Graveyard Voice. The students above are in either fifth or six grade at their respective elementary school.