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Dramatic Stories and Men Who Make a Difference at Grand Ridge Elementary School

Posted by User Not Found on 3 February, 2015

Students and their families joined Turtle Island Storyteller Roger Fernandes for a fun, interactive storytelling and writing night at Grand Ridge Elementary School on January 21. Students listened and took part as Fernandes, a member of the Lower Elwha Band of S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of Washington State, shared traditional Native American stories.

Stories were portrayed through a combination of drums, dances, and movements. The first story, “The Grandparent Tree and The Young Tree,” spoke about the older tree caring for the young tree and how when the young tree grew up, he watched over and cared for the older tree. The second story, “The Young Selfish Boy and The Salmon People,” was about how a mean boy fell into a river and the salmon people took care of him and taught him to care about others and not just himself.

After hearing these dramatic stories of people making a difference in the lives of others, students were encouraged to write their own essay about a man making a difference in their lives. This theme was chosen as part of the Washington State PTA Men’s Essay Contest and students were given the opportunity to submit their finished essays.