Best of Stories that Soar! is dedicated to Jeanne Taylor
While our hearts grieve the loss of our friend Jeanne Taylor, we celebrate a life well lived. Jeanne was a longtime friend and supporter of Stories that Soar!, and an original board member of Literacy Connects. Her legacy can be seen in the vibrancy of our programs and the success of the other local nonprofits she supported. She happily hosted fundraisers and volunteered where needed. Jeanne's heart was so big that it often pushed tears of emotion from her sparkling eyes. May her spirit always soar.
Thank you to all the donors who have made contributions in Jeanne's memory.
Introduction to Part Two
Matt Tarver-Wahlquist, Literacy Connects Executive Director
by Minerva, 5th grade, Sam Hughes Elementary
by Bethel, 2nd grade, Cragin Elementary
Firefighters vs. Fire
by Omar, Nash Elementary
by Ms. Hall's Class, 3rd grade, Ochoa Elementary
Introduction to Part Three
Dallas Thomas, STS! Production Manager
Stuck at Home ABCs
by Isabel Smith, 5th grade, Sam Hughes Elementary
How Did COVID Begin?
by Isaac, 5th grade, Blenman Elementary
Depression of Two Kids
by Valentina, 5th grade, Robison Elementary
My Wish for the World
by Abdiel, Lucienne, Nora, Sebastian & Skylar, 3rd grade, Homer Davis Elementary
I Was Born in Syria
by Abdulrahman, 4th grade, Robison Elementary
Andrew the Rapper
by Andrew, 4th grade, Drexel Elementary
Introduction to Part Four
Cecilia Abarca, STS! Arts Education Coordinator
by Izabella, 3rd grade, Drexel Elementary
by Mia, 3rd grade, Cragin Elementary
Monsters are Scary
by Karma, 5th grade, Blenman Elementary
Chicken Nuggets from Outer Space
by Rudy, 5th grade, Nash Elementary
Introduction to Part Five
To-Ree'-Nee' Wolf, Artist, STS! Ensemble
Savannah the History Girl
by Jaliyah, 6th grade, Homer Davis Elementary
by Paulina, 5th grade, Summit View Elementary
Zombies and Hearts
Zombies by Ryan, 1st grade, Prince Elementary
Hearts by Adrianna, 1st grade, Prince Elementary
Mike the Monster
Keep writing and using those imaginations! We'll see you next year!
Without an idea a story is…NOT, but without support we wouldn’t have a program and for that, I extend my deepest gratitude to the donors and sponsors who make this mission a reality.
High-five to all the teachers and principals for riding the treacherous wave of 2020-21 with an unwavering commitment to the youth. We appreciate your trust that stories and art can be part of the solution.
Thank you to the staff at Literacy Connects for providing all the support and the space for us to do our magic. It is truly a team effort. Special shout out to Gina and Susan for their boots on the ground efforts to make this event smooth and shiny for everyone involved.
Confetti-filled joyous thanks to the incredible STS! creative team for taking such good care of the children’s stories at a time when tremendous sensitivity and creativity was needed. And thank you for sharing your families, your friend pods, and your pets so we could do what needed to be done!
Thank you to Kipp, Ruby, Eli and my ever-loving family, along with my dearest friends for keeping me grounded as my foundation was shaking this year. Your patience and love can be seen in our collective accomplishments.
And to Dallas Thomas, may gold-studded, shimmery stars of eternal grace rain upon you for your rock-solid role as my friend, co-creator, and master magician. Thank you for believing that anything is possible, and for having the skills and work ethic to make it happen.
With boundless gratitude,
Sharon O’Brien, Artistic Director
One More Thank You
The Stories that Soar! team would like to give a special thanks and a huge shout out to our fearless leader, Sharon O'Brien. Thank you for your leadership and for your trust in us, especially in this unprecedented year. We love you, Mama Sharon!
A Heartfelt Farewell
This year we say a heartfelt farewell to Barbara and Big Al O'Brien. Thank you both for your support and sharing your spirits with us. We'll see you in the cosmos, Nana Lorien.
Summer Camp at the Youth Center
Do you like acting, writing, editing, dancing, and/or animating, or know someone who does? Join the Youth Center Summer Camp! During this month-long camp, we will be exploring how to adapt your own stories into short films that will be featured on YouTube. Camp runs June 1 - July 1 and is FREE. Spots are still available for our afternoon online cohort- visit the link below to learn more and sign up.
About Literacy Connects
Literacy Connects is the premier literacy hub in Southern Arizona, providing transformational learning through joyous student-centered relationships and a strength-based approach. We serve learners across five programs: English Language Acquisition for Adults, Adult Basic Literacy, Reading Seed, Stories that Soar!, and Reach out and Read Southern Arizona. Our commitment to access and equity drives us to connect individuals across the community to work together for long-term social impact. We firmly believe that everyone deserves access to literacy and learning, and our classes are open to all, regardless of background or immigration status.
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