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Robinson Elementary Creates Neighborhood 'StoryWalk'

Dec 18, 2020 09:25AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
If you're out for a walk, and looking for a fun diversion with your family, don't miss Robinson Elementary School's "StoryWalk."

The StoryWalk, located in front of the school at 80 Morningside Drive, leads passers-by through an illustrated book, page by page. The current book, "Sparkles of Joy," shares a tale of Diwali and the joys of different holiday traditions.

Robinson’s StoryWalk was launched by Robinson’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Robinson Cares Committee for diversity, equity and inclusion. It is just one expression of the school's - and the school district's - diversity and inclusion efforts.

According to Robinson PTSA co-president Yea-Lan Chiang, the goal of the StoryWalk is three-fold: to build children’s interest in reading, to celebrate diversity and inclusion, and to promote a healthy outdoor activity - all while respecting social distance due to COVID.

The committee picked the book because of its "joyful holiday themes," said Chiang, who noted that the book is just the first in what the school hopes will be a series of StoryWalks through the year.

"StoryWalk is a inspiring, educational, and safe activity that gets families outside while celebrating the holiday season,” said Jen Fenton, new president of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District's school board, and a former Robinson PTSA co-president. “I love how this interactive project incorporates diversity and inclusion - priorities within our district - in a creative new way."

The StoryWalk concept (breaking down a story in pieces that you read as you follow a trail) was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Robinson's StoryWalk will remain up through Sunday, January 3.

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