Here at WordTheatre we were captivated by the way WSJ staff writer Meghan Cox Gurdon described the act of reading aloud to children:
“Reading aloud was a kind of grand gateway, beautiful in itself but also an entry point to the larger world of literature. It was understood that a child who learned to love stories by hearing them would be a child who would willingly graduate to more sophisticated literature for his own reading.”
This notion is certainly a magical one, but not necessarily a reality for most children. Promoting literacy is something very near and dear to our hearts here at WordTheatre. Through WordTheatre in the Schools (WITS) we aim to reconnect youth with the richness of contemporary literature through live readings of short fiction in Title 1 schools. Our WITS Squad is comprised of professional actors who perform fiction featured in LAUSD’s core curriculum, giving students the opportunity to actively listen and use their imaginations.
Storytelling is a grand gateway and no student should be barred from entry. Take the time to read Cox Gurdon’s article and also make sure to attend this year’s benefit for WITS on November 9th. By attending our event and making a donation you give children “an irreplaceable gift, a cultural grounding, a zest for language” and a chance to spark their literary interest.
Save the date, November 9th, for our amazing benefit!
For details please click here: WordTheatre in the Schools Benefit