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Elementary to host native storyteller

Author Tim Tingle will visit the elementary for a book reading Nov. 7. The reading will take place in the library.

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Author Tim Tingle will visit the elementary for a book reading Nov. 7. The reading will take place in the library.

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Something new for the elementary is happening Nov.  7 in the auditorium:  a storyteller from San Antonio.

“He lets the kids participate when he’s telling the story,” Mrs. Harlow said. “I am really excited and I hope the kids will like it.”

With a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will be reading stories to the children. 

Tim Tingle, author of “When turtle grew feathers: A folktale from the Choctaw Nation,” uses a whale skin drum and a cedar flute to transport his listeners into the story.

He lets the kids participate when he’s telling the story”

— Nan Harlow

Tingle was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, according to the TCA website: “An honor reserved for Texas’ most renowned authors.”

Sixth grader Sam Machtolff said he is excited to hear the stories and to  hopefully be able to participate. 

  “I think it’s cool that he has these certain instruments,” Machtolff said. “It is nice to let other people help.”

Sixth grader Brooke Smith said she is excited to listen to the legends and stories.

“It is pretty interesting,” Smith said, “a great learning experience.”

The elementary prepared for autumn with the annual Fall Carnival on Oct. 17. 

The Fall Carnival had two new games this year: battle ball and a rock climbing wall. The wall was from the Boy Scouts. The battle balls, orb-like balls students climb into and run at each other with,  were from the Parent Teacher Organization. 

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