Paradise Valley Community College Hosts Festival of Tales December 6

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Paradise Valley Community College students reach out to children in the community through the Art of Storytelling during the Fall Festival of Tales beginning at 9:30am on the main campus Saturday, December 6.

Marielle Townsley with her two daughters, Annalise and Maliya attended the Fall Festival of Tales held in the PVCC's Kranitz Student Center and surrounding courtyard.

Marielle Townsley and daughters, Annalise and Maliya, attended last year's Fall Festival of Tales held in the PVCC's Kranitz Student Center.

Students in the Art of Storytelling class are pursuing a number of different careers, such as education, business or nursing. Everyone can connect to a story. It's wired within us as humans. --PVCC education faculty Meggin Kirk

Paradise Valley Community College students are bringing books to life through the art of storytelling during the Fall Festival of Tales, 9:30 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in and around the Kranitz Student Center (KSC).

PVCC’s Art of Storytelling classes, Club Ed and the Education program present this free event for children in the community. Storytelling sessions are at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. In addition, PVCC’s Partners in Art Club will provide demonstrations of pottery making and clay sculpting, and local elementary school schools will perform live music.

In its 13th semester at PVCC, the Festival of Tales is a fun day of reading, literacy and cultural activities for local children, and features arts and crafts, games, simulations, face painting and music. More than 2,000 new books will be given away to participating children.

The Festival of Tales engages community college students in the teaching and learning process through storytelling. Since its inception, the festival has grown from just 250 participants to nearly 1,000, with more than 100 volunteers at each event. In the past six years, more than 30,000 new books have been given away to children, many of whom come from low-income families.

"Storytelling is beneficial for everyone involved because it helps develop an awareness, understanding and respect for other cultures and new ideas. For children, storytelling is especially beneficial because it enhances literacy skills and sparks the imagination," said PVCC education faculty Meggin Kirk. "Students in the Art of Storytelling class are pursuing a number of different careers, such as education, business or nursing. Everyone can connect to a story. It's wired within us as humans. The skills learned in this class and at the festival will carry over into many aspects of PVCC students' lives, and it's a lot of fun too!"

PVCC and the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsor this event along with:
· Southwest Human Development
· Reading is Fundamental
· First Things First
· PVCC Club Ed

Participants include:
· PVCC clubs: Native American Student Association, Anime, AWARE, HANDS, SHAC, Partners in Art
· PVCC classes: The Art of Storytelling, Introduction to the Exceptional Learner, and Introduction to Serving English Language Learners
· The Arizona Avengers Superheroes
· PVCC Honors Program
· Arizona Science Center
· Phoenix Public Libraries
· Lakeshore Learning
· Arizona State University
· Northern Arizona University

Paradise Valley Community College is located at 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Free parking for the KSC is at the 34th Street and Union Hills Drive entrance.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing meggin.kirk(AT)paradisevalley.edu. Be sure to include the number of the children who will be attending and their ages.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Office of Marketing and Communications
Candace Oehler

602-787-6606 | candace.oehler(AT)paradisevalley.edu

Tony Grandlienard
602-77-7813 | tony.grandlinard(AT)paradisevalley.edu

Founded in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College, one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, has an offers transferable academic courses as well as job-specific occupational training. The Union Hills campus is located just west of the SR51 Union Hills exit, at 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032. PVCC at Black Mountain, serving the far north Valley, opened in August 2009. PVCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

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