Sandy Hook students want to hear your stories

Sandy Hook Elementary School fifth grade students want to hear local stories about growing up in the Strasburg community for a storytelling project.

Timothy Taylor, instructional technology supervisor of Shenandoah County Public Schools, said on May 6 the school is hosting an opportunity for community members to stop by to speak with students about growing up in the area. The students will record the stories and scan any images or documents brought by residents.

“We hope to have some that are willing to share stories of growing up in the Strasburg community,” he said. “I am excited to see our young people involved in a community project of this manner.”

Taylor said he got the idea after presenting at a technology conference about storytelling. Since then, he has been working with the school’s librarian, Herbert Wilburn, to teach the students the power of sharing stories, how to properly interview and how to use a digital recorder, cameras and a scanner to digitize the materials.

“The way this will benefit students is they learn the power of stories, ways to interview and communicate with people, how to record and digitize content. We will put worthy stories on a website where they can be shared,” he added. “We hope some people will tell stories of growing up in the Strasburg community so we can share local history, but we are open to hearing personal stories as well. It is a great way for students to learn from their relatives, neighbors.”

Those wishing to participate in the project are asked to fill out a form from the school by April 7 or contact Wilburn at the school at 540-465-8281.

On May 6, the Strasburg Heritage Association will be providing snacks and drinks throughout the day of the event.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com