Students at K.T. Murphy Elementary School met some special storytelling visitors Wednesday. The School held its annual Literacy Day event, celebrating language arts in a fun and unique way.
“The mayor was here, Stamford mayor. We had Miss Connecticut here as well; quite a few VIPs from the Board of Education, Board of Finance; my wife, ”says K.T. Murphy Principal Frank Rodriquez. “Just all sorts of people from around the community.”
People from around the community, and one who has told stories around the world. Len Cabral has been a professional storyteller for almost 40 years, and on Wednesday, he joined in on the fun.
“For me everyday is literacy day because everyday I’m telling stories somewhere promoting reading, promoting the use of the library,” Cabral says. “It improves listening skills, it improves speaking skills, and if we improve speaking skills we improve writing.”
But Cabral says the impact of storytelling goes even deeper, with the potential to connect families, generations, and different cultures.
“We learn more about ourselves, we learn more about our place in society, we learn more about each other.”
Cabral says it’s important in a world dominated by technology, for people to stop and connect face to face, a message he strives to convey through his storytelling.
“Hopefully engaging children in such a way that they’ll go home and they’ll demand from their parents, story,” he says. “Everybody has stories; just they think they don’t have stories so they put the TV on, or they do other things, or they play with the computers, instead of communicating with one another.”