Along the perimeter of Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School’s playground, students enjoy taking a walk with stories, as the Storywalk path displays aluminum signs with pictures and passages from a story. Follow the path, and follow the story.
30 fifth graders wrote stories about pictures which were provided by artists from storyword.com. The winner of the contest last fall had his story printed on the storyboards along the perimeter, and now the school is planign for additional Storywalks in 2017. Teachers love the activity because both literacy and fitness are promoted by the Storywalks.
The walking courses are the result of the 5-2-1-0 partnership with Mid Coast Hospital. “Through the years we had built up an indoor walking course at the school, and then an outdoor course,” said physical education teacher Lynn D’Agostino. “I wondered how we could get literacy involved, and when 5-2-1-0 gave us a bunch of scenarios, the idea of a Storywalk was present in almost all of them. So I recruited some people who are really talented and want to do the right thing for kids, and we got started.”
“To sustain the success we’ve had here, I think to keep building off of what is already here is the way to go,” said D’Agostino. “The next step is to put a Storywalk on our indoor walking course.”