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The story of a yes vote

Valley Spellbinders would like to thank Pitkin County for the support it has given our programs. In this past year alone over 1,200 elementary school children from Aspen to Glenwood Springs have heard orally told stories at least once a month on the eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart basis that is Spellbinders’ hallmark.

Over 50 volunteers have been trained in free workshops in the art of storytelling to give Spellbinders programs. Orally told stories are a unique and valuable addition to the language experiences of children, enhancing their reading and writing skills.

But even more importantly, orally told stories enable children to imagine and internalize the characters and concepts of stories that present behavior and ideals essential to civilized society. Beyond these benefits, children are exposed to caring older adults who come to them with the gift of a story, endearing the storyteller to the children, for whom they become surrogate mentors.

Spellbinders programs are given in school classrooms, after-school programs, our public libraries, the Aspen Heritage Museum, Aspen Art Museum Children’s Workshops, in senior facilities and for a variety of community fairs and festivals. It is an organization that the county has rightly perceived as one that benefits all generations and the entire community.

Please vote yes on 1A so the county can continue to support valuable human services.

Germaine Dietsch

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