Storytelling Helps Troup County School System Students Connect With Reading

LaGrange, Ga., March 6, 2017 – Last week was a week of fun, learning and reading for Troup County School System students as they marked Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day with fun-filled festivities.

Community volunteers became storytellers in classrooms across the county as adults read their favorite books to students in hopes of encouraging literacy and reading. Some of those guests included Mayor Jim Thornton, Sheriff James Woodruff, and LaGrange High Athletic Director Mike Pauley. Students from LaGrange High also took time to read to elementary students at Franklin Forest.

One special guest during Read Across America Day visited Franklin Forest as well – Carol Cain. She is a storyteller, actress and retired educator. During her time with the students, she entertained them through folk tales and stories from her childhood. She connects so well with students that she is often invited back into the schools.

Cain said, “I always have a list of possible stories that I can choose from depending on the children’s interest. You know quickly if you have their attention and I want to keep their attention. For example, with younger students I like to improvise to keep the story entertaining.”

When asked if she had a favorite story, she stated, “I like to tell the folk tale of The Barking Mouse to my younger audiences. During that story, it allows the animals to come to life and then the animal characters within the story teach the students life lessons. They can connect with that.”

In addition to Cain, guest speakers Donald Davis and Mama Jama visited schools and shared through books and storytelling. Each guests encouraged children to take books home to read with their families.

To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.