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You can become a storyteller

Dear Editor:

In a recent column about Spellbinders, Paul Andersen pointed out that elders in this valley and across the nation have an opportunity to reclaim the social idealism of their youth with later-life active civic engagement (“The legacy of Spellbinders,” Sept. 1). While Mr. Andersen extolled the many health and social benefits of remaining civically engaged, particularly through the arts, he did not fully explain the critical impact Spellbinders’ storytelling has on children.

Stories, because they are the universal language of communication, are at the heart of learning. Hearing a story told, with the intimacy of eye-to-eye contact and the warmth of a heartfelt gift, truly engages children’s imaginations, creating images in their heads that are vitally important to literacy development. The literacy benefits range from listening skills to vocabulary, story structure and interest in reading.

Because of these important benefits, the Roaring Fork Valley’s 27 active Spellbinders’ volunteers cannot keep up with the demand from area schools from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. We are offering a three-day storytelling workshop to train interested volunteers in this art. The three-session workshop will be held in the midvalley on Tuesday, Sept. 9, Thursday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.spellbinders.org, call 544-2389 or contact info@spellbinders.org.

Al Dietsch

executive director

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