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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY COMPEL ME RUN THE NYC MARATHON, A GRUELING EVENT DURING WHICH MANY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO LOSE CONTROL OF THEIR BODILY FUNCTIONS?!?  ONE THING ONLY.  THE STORY PIRATES.

The Story Pirates are an insanely talented group of actors, comedians, and singers who teach writing to kids.  Active in over 250 schools in the US, the Story Pirates work with teachers to get kids writing, and realize the full potential of their imaginations.  The Story Pirates then perform the stories written by kids with music, dancing, costumes, and of course puppets.

Both of my kids have had the amazing opportunity to have their stories performed by the Story Pirates.  They will tell you that being introduced to the audience as the author of the play they are about to watch was absolutley thrilling. No matter how silly or short the story, the Story Pirates show children that their ideas are valid and interesting.

Until fifth grade I was a fairly awkward kid who had trouble figuring out how to make friends – I know that is hard to imagine, but it’s true.  Turns out that if you tell a group of fifth graders that you know how to break into a house (I didn’t) they don’t think you’re unbelievably cool.  In sixth grade I was fortunate to have Mr. Kahn as my teacher.  He was the funny one – the teacher everyone wanted.  One day I was presenting a book report to the class, a task fraught with tension because I was hyper-aware that the other kids thought I was a weirdo.  Anyway, I made Mr. Kahn laugh so hard with my presentation on “The Grizzly” that he fell out of his chair.  It changed my life.  Mr. Kahn showed me that I could make people laugh with my writing, which gave me the courage to be myself and trust that I had something to say.  I’ve never forgotten him.  The Story Pirates do for kids exactly what Mr. Kahn did for me.  Help me bring the Story Pirates to more schools.  Young authors are waiting for this awesome adventure!  Aaargh!

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