Eighteen fourth grade students memorize and shared stories during a fun, informal, and optional storytelling event.
Last year’s annual GVEP BOCES storytelling competition and festival was interrupted due to COVID. This year, students were excited to have the opportunity to memorize a fable, fairy tale, or tall tale, add their own unique dramatic twist and interpretation, and share it with the fourth grade students and teachers.
Students were also treated to a surprise storytelling video from retired B-B fourth grade teacher and storytelling legend, Rick Merritt. In his video, he shared storytelling tips and three funny legend stories with the students. This is the first time in 45 years that Mr. Merritt has not been at B-B to help prepare students for the storytelling festival.
Participating students received feedback from Mr. Merritt and tips to help them continue to grow as life-long storytellers. All participating students also received medals and certificates recognizing their dedication and commitment sharing in this years Storytelling Slam.