Help me raise money to support the Story Pirates education program which not only teaches writing to kids, but shows them the limitless power of their imaginations.
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The Story Pirates are an insanely talented group of actors, comedians, and singers who teach writing to kids. Active in over 250 schools in the US, the Story Pirates work with teachers to get kids writing, and realize the full potential of their imaginations. The Story Pirates then perform the stories written by kids with music, dancing, costumes, and of course puppets.
Both of my kids have had the amazing opportunity to have their stories performed by the Story Pirates. They will tell you that being introduced to the audience as the author of the play you are about to watch was absolutley thrilling.
No matter how silly or short the story, the Story Pirates show children that their ideas are valid and interesting. Scroll through the videos above and take a look at the video they made called, "This Movie is About Cats Flying," which was based on the sentence, "This story is about cats flying," by 8 year-old Jah-Kym McMillan.
Finally, watch the seven minute Story Pirates Documentary. When I was in the sixth grade I had a teacher, Mr. Kahn. He taught me that I could make people laugh through my writing, and he changed my life. I've never forgotten him. Help me bring the Story Pirates to more schools. Young authors are waiting for this awesome adventure! Aaargh!
Help me support the Story Pirates and their super awesome work with kids on #Fundly! You can donate as much or little as you want. Check it out: http://fundly.com/ing-nyc-marathon-for-story-pirates. For my part, tomorrow morning I am going to rise early and bust out a 14 mile run. Yikes.
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