Second graders live story in Langley post office

A storyteller with help from teacher Leslie Woods brought a busload of second graders to the Langley Post Office earlier this month.

Langley Postmaster Jack Harrington listens to a question posed by Ronin Fisher as other second graders mingle behind them in the post office lobby.

A storyteller with help from teacher Leslie Woods brought a busload of second graders to the Langley Post Office earlier this month.

Postmaster Jack Harrington greeted the children in the lobby, then they were led of a tour of the inner workings of the post office.

Storyteller Jill Johnson worked with the students all week to help them understand the feelings of the people in a story she told about a post office, and used those feelings in saying their lines. Through games and tongue twisters, she helped them learn to speak clearly and with a strong voice.

“She taught them that every part of the story was important, and they must work together to create a strong presentation,” said Woods.

Johnson and Woods tied the experience to second- grade goals about interacting with community and understanding the important role of the post office. They discussed how the Internet has impacted the postal service.

“Most students had never written a letter or visited the post office,” Woods said. “Just like in the story, when they met their postal worker, he or she knew who they were and many facts about their family.”

One letter carrier promised that she would put a dog treat in the box of every student who has a dog on her route.

“It was a wonderful connection and students were excited to see what happens to their letter when it is mailed,” Woods said.

Johnson’s stay at the school was made possible by the Artist in Residence program, started by South Whidbey residents concerned about keeping arts in the schools.

Johnson said it was a wonderful experience, and being able to spend a full week with the class gave her time to explain the full storytelling experience, from beginning to end.


More in News

Washington State House Republican Communications photo — Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, introduced a bill to enforce net neutrality in Washington state.
Rep. Smith, R-Clinton, introduces net neutrality bill

The day before the Federal Communications Commission ended net neutrality, a Republican… Continue reading

Parking proposal makes Langley business owners uneasy

Two design proposals concerning changes to parking on First Street in Langley… Continue reading

Safe Ride Home revs up for second run

A sign with the words “please don’t drink and drive” was erected… Continue reading

Counties pressure state to fund mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
Report outlines countywide housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable… Continue reading

New South Whidbey School Board director sworn in

Freeland resident Andrea Downs was sworn into position 2 on the South… Continue reading

Gym floor project at South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus gets new cost

A previous bid for new gym flooring at South Whidbey Elementary School… Continue reading

Police investigating report that Oak Harbor student was accosted

Oak Harbor police are investigating a report that a student was accosted… Continue reading

New tenants added to South Whidbey Community Center

The South Whidbey School Board approved five new leases for tenants at… Continue reading

Most Read