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Shaler Pupils Have Story to Tell

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA) , December 11, 2008


"And SHE lived happily ever after...." concluded the fairy tale presentations by a group of fourth-grade girls at Rogers Elementary School in Shaler Area School District last week, to the delight of their second-grade audience.

The performance crowned the six-week workshop where the girls honed their craft. Called "Empowering Girls through Fairy Tales," the pilot program taught the 9- and 10-year-olds the art of storytelling and showed them that the heroes are often heroines.

Joan Wolf Schenker trained the eight participants. The Parent Education Coordinator for the North Hills Youth Ministry Counseling Center, Ms. Schenker has taught storytelling to teachers, counselors and parents for 10 years but this is the first time she has trained students.

"It was just thrilling for me to teach them," Ms. Schenker said. "It's important for a young girl's safety that they are assertive, capable, strong and confident."

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