Project A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E.

Artistic Pupils Perform Literature Actively Using Senior Encouragement

Today's technology-based culture often leaves little time for parents and children to share the joy of storytelling. Carolyn Guarino-Nixdorff, Mariana Cassidy, Joan Costello, Heather Filipski, Charles Jackson, and Karen Nobile of McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Union County) have created a program that keeps the art alive, meets NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, and engages senior citizens in the everyday life of their school.

Funded through a $9,866 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Project APPLAUSE is designed to give children an understanding of the oral tradition in literature in four cultures, American, African, Irish, and German.

Through the media center classes, children will learn to express themselves through the art of storytelling.

A guest storyteller will teach the skills of storytelling; a professional writer will help children create their own stories; professional actors will perform selected student stories and teach them to perform their creations. The project will culminate with a performance for senior citizens in a dinner theater environment.

For more information about this project, contact:

Carolyn Guarino-Nixdorff
(908) 233-8044