Last fall we sent a team of our best and brightest into Mitchell Elementary to work with a wonderful group of second graders and their teacher, Mrs. Babcock, whom we can only describe as divine. Jared, Jessi, Amanda, and Sydney spent about a month and a half working with small groups of reaaaaalllly energetic students adapting fairy tales, nursery rhymes, fables, and other famous children’s stories into radio plays.
At the end of the project, we had a big listening party that included a potluck of foods from around the world, international music, dancing, and a presentation to thank 826michigan. Have you ever had a group of second graders and their divine teacher give a big speech about how you helped stir up their creativity and then present you with a wooden spoon? Have you ever seen second graders get up, one by one, and say something really thoughtful and sweet, and then thank you and hand you a wooden spoon? Have you ever held a wooden spoon in your hand, rubbing your thumb along the smooth inside of it, and tried not to burst into tears in front of a classroom of second graders? We have. And all we can say about it is: Holy cow, it is something else.
Please enjoy these radio plays!
Press play above to listen to the plays (17:59)
Or click here to download the mp3 (12.4 MB)