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Students Have Talent for Tales

St. George Daily Spectrum (St. George, UT) , November 24, 2004


It's one of the oldest art forms known to man: Spinning yarns, sharing fables and telling "big fish" tales.

"Everyone has a story to tell. Of all the skills in life, probably the most important is to be able to communicate," Mavis Madsen, secretary at Springdale Elementary School, said Tuesday at the Washington County School District's Storytelling Festival. Madsen has devoted eight years as a volunteer coach for students participating in the event, which was conducted at the Pioneer Center for the Arts.

The event starts at local schools, where educators and administrators hold workshops and festivals for storytelling. Finalists from each of the schools then compete at the district level. On Tuesday, 127 finalists from 17 of the 19 district schools shared their stories with parents, educators and the community in three-minute intervals throughout the afternoon.

"I'm really proud of myself, and I think it was really fun," said Alicia Reynolds a fourth-grader at Red Mountain Elementary School.

Subjects Covered: education, storytelling festivals

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