Spreading the word to schools

AN Olympic-inspired storytelling relay will be taking place in schools throughout Northumberland over the coming weeks and months.

The relay will cover seven routes and over 50 schools in every corner of the county over seven weeks with the Alnwick part starting in the week commencing May 14.

The event is being organised by the county council’s school library service as a way of marking and celebrating the 2012 Olympics and the torch relay which will be coming through the county.

Don White, a storyteller from the library service will be reading stories and poems which encompass the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, determination, courage, inspiration and equality.

He will predominantly be visiting first and special schools, taking with him his own Olympic torch and a backdrop display, which will include a map of where he has been on his relay, with each school visited marked on the map.

The sessions will be interactive, with children from the audience invited to join Don ‘on stage’ to help with storytelling.

Each school will be awarded a certificate for taking part in the event.

And, before the visit, staff at te schools will be asked to nominate up to three children who have, through their recent behaviour, demonstrated one or more of the Olympic values.

These children will be invited to stand on the podium and receive a medal in recognition of this.