With election season behind us, Davis Elementary School, with support from the Bedford Free Public Library, is embarking on a project to convert yard signs into a StoryWalk® for both the school and larger Bedford community to enjoy.
“We are so excited for the opportunity to create a path at Davis School for a StoryWalk,” Davis principal Beth Benoit said. “Literacy and literature is such an important part of Davis School and the StoryWalk adds such a wonderful addition. We can’t wait to see children at Davis and in the community enjoying great literature as they walk along the path.”
The StoryWalk will snake through the woods adjacent to Davis playground and will feature one children’s book each month. 33 StoryWalk® kits are freely available to the public through the Commonwealth Catalog, which is a system that allows cardholders to access materials from across the state. The first StoryWalk® to be featured will be on loan from the Bedford Free Public Library.
Bedford Librarian Bethany Klem noted that “The beauty of a StoryWalk® is its ability to bring books and literacy beyond the page and into the community where families can share the experience. The Bedford Free Public Library has hosted several StoryWalks® over the past few years, and each project is an opportunity to explore a book in a whole new way.”
The project is the brainchild of Davis parent Rachel Marcus, an educational curriculum developer in Newton. “This is a great way to move beyond the divisiveness of our election season. Let’s repurpose those election signs to support literacy in our own backyard, in a socially distant and Covid-friendly way.”
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
If you are interested in supporting this project, please drop off any metal stake yard signs at Davis elementary school before Monday, November 16 (please include the metal stakes too). There will be a collection box outside the Davis school property.