Story Theatre Co. celebrates the spirit of volunteerism with an educational play for school age kids

April 10, 2011 (Victoria, BC) – A volunteer is someone who gives time, energy and talents to others, while expecting nothing in return. As National Volunteer Week kicks off it’s time to    recognize and celebrate the individuals in our community who know first-hand that time and kindness are some of the most valuable gifts one can give.

Funding from the TELUS Victoria Community Board, the Victoria Foundation and Island Savings enabled Story Theatre to create Stepping Up!, a presentation geared towards elementary age school students to learn about and better understand the positive image of sharing, volunteering and being a young ‘philanthropist’.

“Story Theatre Company celebrates 30 years of touring schools with a show about volunteering, sharing, and giving back to the community,” says says Story Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jim Leard. “The purpose of Stepping Up! is to plant the seed that making it in the world also means making a world in which we all share responsibility for each other."

In the coming weeks dozens of local schools will experience Stepping Up! Through this free presentation students will enjoy Story Theatre’s inimitable style of weaving folk and fairy tales into presentations that will provide jumping off points for classroom conversations and activities.

“Volunteering is a healthy thing to do,” says TELUS Victoria Community Board Chair Mel Cooper.  “Our goal is to inspire our community’s young people to step up.”

“The Victoria Foundation recognizes that the benefit of children as volunteers is returned tenfold to the young volunteers themselves,” says Victoria Foundation CEO, Sandra Richardson. “The value of the self-esteem alone that they experience cannot be measured.”

Story Theatre will do 10 shows a week for four weeks in approximately 40 elementary schools in the Capital Regional District.

As many habits developed at a young age, volunteerism is no exception. It has been shown that through volunteering youth are less likely to engage in risky behavior, feel more connected to their communities and tend to do better in school. 

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For more information, please contact:

Shannon Drew-Burrows      Shawn Hall
Director of Communications     Senior Communications Manager
The Victoria Foundation      555 Robson Street
250.381.5532       (604) 697-8176 / (604) 619-7913
Email: shannon@victoriafoundation.bc.ca   Email: Shawn.Hall@telus.com
       
Bronwyn Dunbar      Patricia O'Brien
Communications Specialist      General Manager
Island Savings       Story Theatre Co.
Email: BDunbar@iscu.com     Email: storytc@victoria.tc.ca
250.419.4721        250.383.4140