Sally, by students in Ms. Kent’s class, Spring 2020.

Once upon a time there was a girl named Sally. Sally Hensen was her full name. Sally lived on a farm until she was 12.

Sally Hensen was a very nice, kind, and generous girl. When she was in first grade, she would always share her snack with her classmates (which she wasn’t supposed to do).

When she got older she shared even more and more; she shared even more than her snacks. Every month she would go with her mom to go to the clothing donation with her mom to donate some clothes to the homeless.

On the day she was told she was moving, she was excited and scared and she was going to live with her cousins in Cornelia Town. Her parents couldn’t move because there was too much work on the farm.

What has Story Planet been up to recently?

We have been working with four different classes to bring the magic of the StoryMaker workshop live to Zoom! Breaking up each workshop into three weekly one-hour meetings, these workshops allow the kids involved to momentarily leave behind the confines of their houses – some of whom have not left since the lock-down began – and indulge in their imaginations. For others, it’s a rare chance to log online and see their friends face to face. Although still far removed from the normality of a classroom and face-to-face meetings, being able to connect and bridge our worlds through Zoom has sparked dozens of embers we are excited to watch grow into bigger stories.

What the teachers are saying

I have had the immense pleasure of working with Story Planet several times over the last few years but I have never appreciated them as much as I do now during these challenging times.” Heidi Seibert (teacher)

This is the first time since the lock-down started that it feels like school!” – Mr Ahmad

The writing has been great, the kids are loving it! I’m so excited and proud of my kids for what they’ve done” – Ms Kent

And here are the characters over 40 students have collectively imagined:

Four-eyed Willy, Thunderhorn and Snowy

Blake III and Hakuna

Sicky The Germ Monster

Zord – a half human, half T-Rex!

Squidson Washington III and Drago

To ensure we can keep supporting more students during the lock-down and beyond, donate to Story Planet here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13205 or via the link at the top of this page.

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