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Story Time with Travelling Stories at Grossmont Center

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Story Time with Traveling Stories

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Oct 13 @ 01:00 pm - Oct 13 @ 03:00 pm | Free
Traveling Stories:
Kids visit the StoryTent, pick out a book that interests them, and then read it out loud to a volunteer. The volunteer asks engaging questions that help the child build reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. If a child doesn’t know how to read yet, the volunteer will read to them.

Kids earn a book buck for every book they read. If a book is especially long or challenging, they can negotiate with the volunteer for more book bucks. The bucks can be used by a variety of prizes. Through this book buck system, we teach kids basic financial literacy skills.

The focus of the StoryTent is creating positive experiences associated with reading, developing strong critical thinking skills and building trust with the families who visit the program.
Mission of Traveling Stories: 
Our mission at Traveling Stories is to empower kids to outsmart poverty by providing literacy and money management skills they need to become productive members of society.
We believe that books are a necessity, not a luxury. The ability to read and write is a human right. We are not afraid to look foolish in our effort to outsmart poverty. We believe there is more than one kind of poverty and more than one kind of hunger. It is important to feed a child’s stomach, but we must not forget their mind and imagination.
Through our mobile StoryTent program, we teach kids money management skills and help them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade. At the StoryTents, kids pick out books that interest them and read out loud with a volunteer. For every book read they earn a book buck, which can be redeemed for prizes. We currently serve over 3,000 local kids a year by our weekly programs in El Cajon, City Heights, and Imperial Beach.
We serve kids ages 2-12 years old as from birth to 3rd grade, kids are learning how to read, and from 4th grade on they are reading to learn. Kids in low-income households who can’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 15 times more likely to drop out of school. Sadly, in the U.S., 82% of disadvantaged kids can’t read at grade level.
We’re seeing success at our programs. 100% of parents surveyed said the StoryTent improved their child’s reading level.
      • Our goal is to operate 10 weekly programs by the year 2020
      • This will allow us to impact at least 500 kids per program per year
      • Our team has grown to include 3 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 intern, and over 300 volunteers.

Details

Date:
October 13, 2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.grossmontcenter.com/event/traveling-stories/

Organizer

Grossmont Center

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Grossmont Center is more than a mall—it’s a vibrant, lively community gathering spot in La Mesa with plenty of things to do both day and night. In addition to a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences, the center is the hub in San Diego for fun and exciting events and helps bring people in the La Mesa area together to have a good time.

From popular outdoor concerts and fun kids’ story times and activities to holiday-themed celebrations, Grossmont Center offers events for everyone! The center also hosts community-focused events such as pet adoptions and blood drives. In addition to center-wide celebrated events, our stores, restaurants, and specialty tenants also host their own unique happenings and programs throughout the year, which enhances the Grossmont Center experience. Whatever the event is, you’re sure to have a great time! Round up the kids, bring along your pet dog, get a group of friends together, or plan a date night and enjoy all that Grossmont Center has to offer!

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