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Spellbound by Spellbinders

Dear Editor:

Spellbinders will soon commence its 10th year of volunteer storytelling in elementary school classrooms from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. We would like to publicly thank all the wonderful Spellbinders volunteers who have made Spellbinders oral storytelling ” a rare art in this electronic age ” a favorite program with teachers and children alike. Last school year alone, 28 Valley Spellbinders told folk tales, legends and true stories to over 6,500 children in 221 elementary school classrooms on a regular, monthly basis. Teachers say the storytelling is a valuable adjunct to literacy, character development and community building. Volunteers say the children’s smiles and appreciative attention is rich repayment for their efforts, as well as the memorable letters of thanks they receive with their stories retold and illustrated by their young listeners.

More volunteers are needed to fill teacher requests this school year. A new Spellbinders workshop series to train more volunteers in the art of storytelling will be held on three Wednesday mornings starting Sept. 12, at a midvalley location yet to be determined. Anyone looking for a gratifying volunteer opportunity on a flexible schedule can call 922-1444 for more information.

Germaine Dietsch

Spellbinders Roaring Fork Valley Chapter leader

Woody Creek

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