Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings, a program for grades K through 6, enthralls students with stories grounded in diverse traditions that also inspire them to consider their own place in their community and the world. Professional storytellers, local clergy, parents, teachers, and authors bring memorable presentations to our students on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Drawn from global traditions and faiths, history, and personal experience, the stories presented at Roots and Wings assemblies are selected for their ability to teach and to inspire. The Seven Pillars of Character serve as a frame of reference, and these artful presentations remind us that the values that sustain and nurture human communities are present in cultures everywhere—and that each one of us can help fashion a more ideal world.

A sampling of Roots and Wings experiences:

  • A Day of the Dead presentation and creation of ofrendas with local artist Ernesto Hernandez Olmos.
  • A visit with author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi for an activity related to her book One, which illustrates how we can all play a part in creating an inclusive community.
  • Beguiling tales told by renowned story teller Diane Ferlatte.
If you are interested in being a presenter with Roots and Wings, please contact our Director of Global and Special Programs, Fernanda Pernambuco, for our guidelines.
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