Storytelling came to life Tuesday in the Stocks Elementary School auditorium.
“Stone soup?” “That’s crazy!” proclaimed second grader Sadie Owens, as her classmates, playing the roles of two hungry men, asked her if they could have a stone and make a soup out of it.
But the men had a plan. They tricked Owens, in the role of the old woman in Ann McGovern’s “Stone Soup,” into going through her pantry and scrounging up ingredients to add to the “stone soup” – bananas, bacon and tomatoes.
“I like that it had lots of emotion in it,” Owens said, of the storytelling performance. She defiantly stamped her foot at the men when they first approached her and repeatedly questioned the men’s request for her to make stone soup in a high-pitched voice throughout the skit.
Eight students in Johanna Owens’ storytelling class at Edgecombe Community College (ECC) collaborated with the second-grade students in Connie Crowe and Erica Sharpe’s classes at Stocks for the storytelling project. The students had fun adapting the stories and putting a modern, unconventional twist on them, Johanna Owens said. In one skit, students decide to turn one of the characters into a werewolf. In another, a student imitates making a phone call.
“It gave them a chance to introduce the craft they’re learning about,” the storytelling instructor said. “It proved to be a good experience for everybody involved.”
One of Johanna Owens’ students, Dillon Rogers, worked with a group of Stocks students for about three weeks to produce a skit telling the classic tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” He called the experience “eye-opening” and said the students’ prior knowledge of the story helped them generate ideas.
“I think in a way they don’t get enough credit for their creativity,” Rogers said. “They think so much outside of the box, and I like that, personally. I never want them to look at a script that they’re given and feel confined.”
Rogers is pursuing his associate’s degree in fine arts. He hopes that the storytelling project shows the children at Stocks that there are outlets for their creativity, such as community theatre.
“Creative minds are needed. There are places around here where they can use those abilities and those talents.”
Johanna Owens said the storytelling project comes “on the heels” of the second-grade students’ learning about folktales and folklore. Dragons and princesses played main roles in the story “The Paperback Princess.” In that story, the dragon tires himself by showing off his mythical skills, such as fire breathing.
“The dragon took another deep breath, but this time nothing came out. The dragon didn’t have enough fire to cook a meatball,” said the narrator, right before the dragon laid down for a nap and the princess returned to her prince at the castle looking disheveled in her brown paper bag.
A magical cap plays a center-stage role in “Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business.”
“I am thinking evil thoughts. I want to put on my cap. I want to take on the world,” said second grader Jah’nas Harris, as he put on the cap and let out an evil laugh – “Mwah hah hah!”
But the little monkeys had other plans. While Harris was taking a nap under a tree, played by Connie Crowe, the mama monkey told her baby monkey to borrow the cap and think happy thoughts while wearing it. As in all fairy tales, the ending is happy, as Harris wakes up and thinks only good thoughts from that moment.
Storytelling came to life Tuesday in the Stocks Elementary School auditorium.
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ROCKY MOUNT — The Board of Commissioners of Nash Health Care has voted to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to five, pre-selected regional tertiary hospital systems for evaluation of an expanded affiliation relationship.
Nash Health Care operates a number of facilities, including five hospitals totaling 403 beds — Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital and Coastal Plain Hospital.
AIB judging under way
The America in Bloom (AIB) judges are in town, and Tarboro’s AIB committee rolled out the red carpet for them, beginning with Sunday supper at the home of AIB committee member Candis Owens.
“I am really excited about these judges,” Owens said “It looks like they have been selected specifically for Tarboro, because they’re both historic preservationists.”
James R. “Jim” Abraham is a professor of historic preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design, while Ed Hooker, III is the historic architect and cultural resource manager for Fort Riley, Kan., according to the judges’ biography.
Brother, sister offer relief from the heat
Madelyn Gay, 9 left, pours lemonade in a cup that her brother Peyton Gay, 10, is holding in front of their St. Andrews Street home last Thursday. With the temperature reaching 96 degrees, the sister and brother tandem sold the refreshing liquid.
Summer Food Service Program for children kicks off
Edgecombe County Public Schools is working to make sure that no children in Edgecombe County go hungry while school is closed this summer by sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children. Summer meals will be offered at Carver Elementary, Pattillo, Phillips Middle, Princeville Elementary and West Edgecombe Middle schools starting today. The meals will be offered from Monday through Thursday until Aug 8. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gun permits on the rise
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department reported a spike in the number of citizens applying for gun permits and carrying concealed weapons. From Dec. 1, 2011 to June 13, 2012, the sheriff's department issued 88 gun permits as well as 213 concealed weapon permits. From Dec. 1, 2012 to June 6, 2013 the sheriff's department issued 492 gun permits and 364 concealed weapon permits.
Warmest day this year reaches mid 90's
Beating the heat was the name of the game Thursday in Edgecombe County, as temperatures soared into the mid 90’s.
“Right now the temperature is 95 degrees. This is the warmest day so far across central North Carolina,” said Shawna Cokley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, at 2 p.m. Thursday. She said the average June temperature for the Raleigh area is 86, 87 degrees.
Art Council offers summer camps
Art camps this summer will get children’s creativity flowing.
Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council is offering several camps for children ages 3 to 12. Art teachers for the camps include Ashley Myers, Genevieve Govoni and Taylor Owens, as well as guest artists.
“It will be a chance for them to create and explore different mediums that they might not be exposed to in school,” said Joyce Turner, executive director of Edgecombe Arts. “Each camp will more or less be themed.”
Pinetops mayor satisfied with 2013-2014 $4.6 million budget
PINETOPS — The board of commissioners stayed in line with surrounding towns by adopting its budget without implementing a property tax increase, although water and sewer rates increased by an average of 6.5 percent.
"It's a good budget, said Pinetops Mayor J. Vines Cobb. "There was no tax increase, so we are holding the line,"
Drugs found on THS student at school
A Tarboro High School senior was hit with drug charges on campus three days before graduation.
According to Tarboro Police Sgt. Al Braxton, a teacher spotted Rasheen Travon Council, 18, 404 Lincoln Road,. Tarboro, engaged in suspicious activities. The teacher notified a police officer.
Upon the officer's investigation, he found Council was in possession of 29.4 grams of marijuana in small bags. Braxton said he doesn't know whether or not Council made a transaction at the school.
Rising Waters on the Tar
The Tar River has risen to 16 feet-four inches over the past four days. On Saturday, the water levels were very low, but since the rains have come, the water levels have risen. The gates at the Tar River on River Road are shut with padlocks on them, because the water has gone over the path that runs adjacent to the river.
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