Nonprofit partners with Rosa Parks High School to cultivate storytelling skills in students | Paterson Times

Nonprofit partners with Rosa Parks High School to cultivate storytelling skills in students


The Princeton Junction-based Storytelling Arts has partnered with Rosa Parks High School of Fine and Performing Arts to cultivate storytelling skills in students for the new year.

30 freshman and sophomore students and their teachers will work with master teaching artists Paula Davidoff, Julie Della Torre, and Julie Pasqual over the course of 12 days to develop oral story telling skills.

The nonprofit believes oral art of storytelling develops diction, fluency, and prosody in spoken language bettering literary interpretation and dramatic presentation while teaching English, drama, and communication arts.

Students also become better at verbal improvisational skills and non-verbal communication. Teachers take part in professional development workshops to develop classroom lessons to enrich their curriculum.

Storytelling Arts has been working with other city schools including Alexander Hamilton Academy, St. Mary’s school, and School 19.

The nonprofit’s work is funded by the Countess Moira Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to aid the well-being of young people everywhere in the world, which awarded a $56,000 grant to the organization to run programs in Paterson and Morristown.

The program has received praise from teachers in the district.

“We are grateful to the Countess Moira Foundation for affording us this opportunity to start a unique program with a new location,” said Edna Friman, president of the Storytelling Arts. “As we prepare to celebrate 20 years of service to the children, youth, educators, and families of NJ, we could not ask for a more supportive funder.”

“The Foundation has been a generous supporter of our programs for several years, we are greatly appreciative of their belief in the work that we do,” Karen Lavallen, executive director of Storytelling Arts, said.