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Storyteller shares the impact of reading with O’Shea Keleher parents, students

O’Shea Keleher Elementary invited one of the Southwest’s premier storytellers, Joe Hayes, to share with parents the importance of reading and storytelling.

Hayes, also a children’s author and a Texas Bluebonnet award nominee, spoke to a nearly-full cafeteria about literacy using his own personal stories, humor and numerous character voices. He told parents that telling their children stories or reading to them would not only help them academically, but it would strengthen their bond.

“When an adult, say a parent, tells stories to children, that makes a connection,” Hayes said. “You develop a better relationship and rapport with children when you tell them a story. We learn from the stories people tell us.”

Hayes relayed that he always told stories to his children and their school friends. It went so well, it grew into a career and extended into writing children’s books, such as “Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone,” which was nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet Award.

“He is an amazing storyteller and a lot of his stories are from the Southwest,” said Nancy Jimenez, O’Shea Keleher librarian. “We knew he would help parents understand the importance of storytelling and dialoguing with children and how it plays a really important part of the education process.”

Jimenez said when the school educates parents on the academic development of children it helps to enhance students’ literacy and social skills.

Parent Anthony Schmidt and his son, Caden, a Pre-K student at O’Shea, usually leaves the reading and storytelling to his wife, who is bilingual. But now he plans to make an effort to read more to his son.

“I hope to become a better storyteller,” he said. “My wife is the one who told me about Joe Hayes. This has been a great experience. We got to meet him and listen to him.”

Socorro ISD’s Bond 2017 Multipurpose Rooms Now in Design Phase

The planning and design for the Socorro Independent School District’s Bond 2017 projects are under way with input from community members and district leaders.

Most recently, Team SISD administrators met with archiPeli architects to review design schemes for the new multipurpose rooms that will be built at 16 SISD elementary schools.

The principals of the schools looked over the proposed plans to select a design that will meet the needs of students and staff at their schools.

 “The multipurpose rooms will serve as small gyms that give the schools an area for students and staff to use for physical education, staff development, and other activities,” said Tom Eyeington, SISD chief operations officer. “Currently, the 16 campuses use a single cafeteria space as a lunch room, auditorium and physical education space.”

The multipurpose rooms will have state-of-the-art features such as overhead doors, exterior canopies, and translucent panels ideal for natural lighting. With 4,360 square feet of flexible space, the new facilities will have room for an office and a storage room, said Fred Perez, archiPeli architect.

“It’s critical that we get feedback from the end users,” Perez said. “We wanted to give them options and have them select the final scheme.”

The elementary schools that will get a new multipurpose room are: Benito Martinez, Campestre, Elfida P. Chavez, Escontrias, H.D. Hilley, Helen Ball, Horizon Heights, Hueco, Loma Verde, Lujan-Chavez, Myrtle Cooper, O’Shea Keleher, Robert R. Rojas, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte, Sierra Vista and Vista del Sol.

School leaders were excited to see the designs, and said they are eager to use their new facility.

“We worked as a team and came to a consensus to decide which design was going to be in the best interest of our students,” said Fernando Miranda, principal at H.D. Hilley. “We are very excited to break ground! Bond 2017 projects are great for students and the community.”

One of the greatest benefits of multipurpose rooms is not limiting student’s physical education activity during times of inclement weather, said Rosemary Yates, principal at Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School.

“Our campus will see an enormous benefit from this multipurpose room,” Yates said. “During the winter it’s too chilly for our little ones to be outdoors, and in the summer it’s too hot.”

The multipurpose rooms also will contribute to more than just physical education.

“I would love to have more events for our community and our children,” she said. “We can organize science expos and have more stations during career day. The sky is the limit in terms of the kind of impact we can make running high level curriculum-based events.”

Construction of the multipurpose rooms will begin in spring 2019.

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