Our After-School Kids wrote a paragraph about themselves, including both factual and fictitious elements. It was up to their peers to try and sort the facts from the falsehoods. Are you able to tell the difference?
Wow, what a week! We finished up our fabulous Manga workshop (thanks Eric and Kate!), wrapped our creative story-writing workshop led by the talented Sheila Heti (thanks Sheila, Valerie and Joe!), held a wonderful open house for the parents of our after-school kids, put on our first annual Story Fair (thanks Jim Adams, Kevin Sylvester and Doug MacNaughton!) and received our first grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation (thanks OTF!). We are tired, happy, and very, very grateful!
Today is International Volunteer Day here on Planet Earth! Since 1985, December 5th has been deemed International Volunteer Day, and is now celebrated in 130 countries. While we aim to celebrate the amazing contributions our volunteers make every day of the year, today, in particular, we would like to express an enormous thank you to all of our volunteers!
Without you, our after-school program could not exist, our Alpha field trips would not be possible, and the Intergalactic Travel Authority would be a much lonelier place. Every time a student asks us if they can come back to work on a story, it is because you took the time to help out. When a teacher says “None of us want to leave and go back to the classroom after that amazing workshop” – it is because of you.
We are so grateful you spend your valuable time with us – thank you for making Story Planet something we are proud of!
We are always excited to welcome new volunteers to our awesome team, contact us and find out how you can get involved!
Our volunteer, Brigitte or ‘Bat Girl’ as she is known in the after-school program, helps kids with their homework and inspires students to write stories and monster poems.
Since our first after-school session, Brigitte has come out every week and has recently started to offer her incredible story-building services on Fridays at our Alpha workshops! Every Tuesday afternoon, Brigitte works with our after-school kids; to find out more about Brigitte check out some questions from our After-School kids:
Alice: Why do you come to Story Planet?
Brigitte: I come to Story Planet because I love being inspired by the creative energy of the children.
Charlie: Do you have a job other than Story Planet?
Brigitte: I have many jobs, such as serving patrons in a restaurant, walking my dog, and my other job is being an unemployed high school teacher who dreams of being a neurosurgeon. I actually did dream that for a long time.
Navina: What is your favourite book?
Brigitte: Oh my favourite book…I have many favourite books such as In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje, Patrick in In the Skin of a Lion was my first literary love.
Joshren: Do you know somebody from the NBA?
Brigitte: I met Michael Jordan in my dreams.
Tyson: What’s your favourite thing to eat at breakfast?
Brigitte: Apple pie with cheddar cheese, a slice on the side.
Pragadheesh: What do you wish to be when you grow up?
Brigitte: I wish to be, well this is aside from the neuroscience thing, I have to think about this for a second…a galaxy ranger and exploration girl, and a purveyor of fine fruit preserves.
Thanks Brigitte, you are fantastic!
Our Story Fair is coming up this Thursday, December 6th. Join us for some great storytelling throughout the evening:
5:30– Jim Adams, First Nations Storyteller
6:30 – A Reading by Kevin Sylvester, author of the Neil Flambe series
7:00– The musical stylings of Doug MacNaughton
This is a wonderful opportunity to come and check out our space, and take advantage of the supreme gift selection at the ITA.
Bring the family and feel free to drop by at any time!
We have so many amazing events coming up this week! Up tomorrow night (November 27th), is Sheila Heti helping writers expand their skills by exploring, ‘How To Write As You’. This Thursday (November 29th) we have a Spoken Word workshop with the amazing Patrick de Belen (for 14 to 19 year olds) and, on Saturday morning (December 1), from 10 to 11am , we have an awesome screening of, The Intergalactic Space Adventures Of Cleo And Anouk for kids 7 and up. And that’s just this week, wait to see what’s up for the next!! Check out our Event Log for more info on everything rocketing out of Story Planet and the ITA!
The wonderful women of Esculent Urbanism generously donated a Mars Rock Hanging Garden to hang in the window of the Intergalactic Travel Authority. The garden is a minty and delightful addition–many thanks to Heather and Erika for bringing their creative gardening skills to our space! Maybe when our plant grows some more we can brew some minty space travel tonic?
Are you writing (or thinking about writing) memoir, fiction, or non-fiction? Participate in this writing workshop lead by the talented Sheila Heti and learn How To Write As You. All proceeds from this workshop go directly to Story Planet, helping us to provide amazing free programming for kids in Toronto.
After spending a month immersed in all things monster-y, Story Planet After School kids wrote some unique monster stories themselves. The kids made their creatures come to life with Fimo, collaged settings for their monsters to live in, and wrote epics in which their creatures experienced great adventure!
Story Planet author, Anushan, wrote a delightful monster tale:
A long time ago, Longarm was a monster with flat wings. He was at home on the moon. The moon is rocky and dirty. Longarm is small and he flies. One day, Longarm and his friend, Crusher (he crushes everything), flew to Earth to visit Africa. When they got there, they went to the beach. The End.
Callen’s dynamic art inspires our kids!
Callen has worked with Story Planet on countless occasions and recently, he has also begun volunteering at our after-school program. This energetic artist loves working with kids because he likes “the fresh perspective…Kids say things instinctively without censoring themselves. They’re honest, and the initial response is nice. In the art world, things get too pretentious or too over-analyzed.”
Using a variety of home-made contraptions, including one made from a bike, Callen uses gravity and centrifugal force to create abstract art. During workshops, the kids have the opportunity to add a colour or brush stroke to the painting. When kids have a chance to help create a piece, it inspires them even more during the story-making workshop. Running the workshops helps Callen see “why you make art in the first place.”
Check out Callen’s page to see more of his collection. Thank you Callen for your constant dedication – Story Planet wouldn’t be the same without your talents and your enthusiasm!
1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):
“A lot of planets are really inhabitable, I would like to be just on the moon because I’m close enough to come home… It’d be cool to live on Jupiter, or on one of Jupiter’s moons, but that’s far.”
2. Favourite book:
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
3. Favourite artist/s:
Banksy, Gerhard Richter, Van Gogh, and Tom Shannon
4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:
5. Best Earth food:
A BLT sandwich