Fifth graders in Santa Fe will perform for the community this month in a program of "tall tales" that they themselves have conceived and written. The dual-language performance, on November 29 and 30 at Teatro Paraguas, is part of an after-school program called Storytellers & Writers, which works with kids in New Mexico who need extra help reading, writing and speaking English.
"The program is so much fun that the kids develop confidence speaking their thoughts and expressing themselves," says Carol Aubrey, the founder and director of Storytellers & Writers. "There's so much to be said for when kids are telling their own stories -- they're free."
In this more complete version of the conversation, Carol explains that Storytellers & Writers is a recent offshoot of a nationwide, federally-funded supplemental education program she began in 2008 and that ended in 2016.