Snow Day at Storyteller Children’s Center
Snow is in the forecast for students at Storyteller Children’s Center!
On Wednesday, December 15th at 10 am, over 50 children served by Storyteller Children’s Center were surprised by snow flurries at both school campuses: State Street (2115 State Street – back playground) and De La Vina (2121 De la Vina Street – front yard).
Snow machines were donated by the Scribner Family and an anonymous donor. In addition to the snow surprise, large Christmas trees for the classrooms – as well as individual mini trees for students to take home – were donated by Davies Public Affairs/Blaze PR. Volunteers, including many members of the National Charity League, have sponsored holiday gifts for all Storyteller families. For an estimated 30 consecutive years, one of Storyteller’s founders and board member, Kenny Slaught will be paying a special visit to students as Santa Claus.
“We are thrilled to bring the joy of the holiday season to our children who have faced so many challenges, particularly over the past two years of the pandemic,” said executive director Susan Cass. “This is just another way we can support – and bring cheer – to the families we serve.”
About Storyteller Children’s Center
Founded in 1988, members of the Santa Barbara community came together to form Storyteller Children’s Center. This organization was founded to ensure all families, no matter their economic status or life circumstances, have access to the resources they need to build a healthy and happy future for their children. Storyteller is a full-time, therapeutic school program that supports nearly 100 families each year from two Santa Barbara campuses ensuring that students are kindergarten-ready, one of the most critical markers in their scholastic journey.
To find out more go to storytellercenter.org.
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Director of Development: Adrienne De Guevara,
Storyteller is a therapeutic preschool that serves children and their families toward “Kindergarten Readiness.”
Storyteller serves Santa Barbara’s poorest families, those living below or close to the poverty guideline and who also meet the Federal definition of homeless. This segment of our community may have difficulty accessing and paying for quality preschool.
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The Key Component is Love
We can’t change the world, but we can impact our little corner. Our teachers, our leadership team, and our Board are positively impacting children and their families’ lives every day.
A Lasting Impact on Children and Families
If the last year has shown us anything, it is that we need to lean on each other for support and strength when challenges arise. At Storyteller, teachers and staff have seen first-hand the increased levels of stress and trauma their families are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. From grieving the loss of loved ones to trying to obtain stable housing or employment, the families of Storyteller have experienced more than many of us could imagine. In response to this growing need for support and resources, Storyteller recently introduced a Family Advocacy Program to focus directly on the needs of the parents and guardians. The program provides early intervention for families before challenges become too complex or debilitating to overcome. With the support of community donors, this pilot program will become a permanent part of Storyteller’s service offering and have a lasting impact for years to come.
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