The progress of the Story Walk can be seen in the slide show above.
The Story Walk is now back to its original nature trail... Look for the stories again in May 2018.
Until then, enjoy the beauty of the trail with your family and friends.
By Joanne Allen, Enosburg Elementary School Librarian & Enrichment Teacher In Enosburgh Falls, an opportunity to pair literacy and physical activity for healthy bodies and minds exists. Across the street from the elementary school lies a hidden gem along the banks of the Missisquoi River. The scenic Brownway River Trail, following the river for about a mile, will once again be home to the Story Walk Project, made possible by a grant through RiseVT, an organization that seeks to improve well-being by embracing healthier lifestyles.
With the trail’s entrance steps outside the school, it can be useful both during and after school hours. Active family engagement during the summer and autumn with a new story every two weeks beginning mid May through October will encourage participants to visit often. At our May 12 Community Dinner, our Story Walk was book #1's first showing. A group of fifth grade students led the tour. This event made the front page of the St. Albans Messenger! Click here to read all about it! The story lineup is posted here on the 'Our Stories' page. The Story Walk Project provides consecutive pages from a picture book laminated and mounted on posts for children and families to read as they walk along the path. This adventure combines literacy, physical activity, and exploration of nature.
The first book, displayed May 12, was titled “the Tin Forest” by Helen Ward. In today's world of reducing, reusing, and renewing materials, the Tin Forest is a story of how an old man living in a scrap metal yard dreams of, and then creates a forest from old scraps of metal. Additionally, this story encourages to use their imagination, to 'think outside of the box', to remember the 'not yet' statement, and to persevere through challenges. If someone has a dream, it can become a reality. This story was carefully chosen to accompany the After School Program in which Joanne Allen, the librarian and enrichment teacher, hosted a 'Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle' class with the students to make robots, animals, and other structures from tin cans and other scrap materials.
After visiting the trail, please post a comment in 1 of 2 places: in the notebook inside the black mailbox, or here on our blog. We would love to have feedback from the community who interacts with this adventure. While using the trail, please remember the woodsmen's promise to "leave the train in the same, if not better, condition than you found it' by picking up any litter and not disturbing the plants or wildlife"; doing so will ensure that the Story Walk Project can remain an enjoyable place to visit over and over again.
Please come again soon.
What is the Brownway River Trail Story Walk?
Enjoy the nature trail and look for the first story in May 2018.
The Story Walk was a huge success. Thank you to all who came to enjoy the stories and beautiful trail. Above all, thank you for the positive feedback, both on the blog and in the notebook tucked inside the mailbox. We are looking forward to this wonderful adventure again in May 2018.
Please visit: ~ our BLOG page and leave a comment ~ the 'Our Stories' page for the lineup and summaries
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Our Brownway River Trail Story Walk was created and maintained by Joanne Allen of EES. The StoryWalk® Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.