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2018 Pilot Program Schedule

*Parent Intro. Workshop* with Dr. Dana Bentley

Sunday, January 7th, 2 - 4 p.m. 

Dr. Bentley will lead a two-hour workshop for parents, focusing on racial identity and implicit bias as they emerge in the lives of children aged four to ten.  The workshop will explore:

• What is race?  What does this word mean?

• Why is it essential to talk about race with young children?

• How do we initiate and sustain talk about race and identity with our children?


Parents will explore real transcripts of children and adults discussing race, in order to develop understandings of how these conversations might unfold.  Participants will leave with specific scripts on how to explain and engage the Story Starters program with their families.

*Kick-Off Family Event* with local author, Farhana Zia

Sunday, January 21, 2 - 4 p.m.

The first hour of our kick-off extravaganza will include a book scavenger hunt, a fun community connecting activity, and snack. The second hour will feature local author, Farhana Zia reading Hot-Hot Roti for Dada-ji. Families will participate in a variety of hands-on activities while Ms. Zia will bring us up close and personal with the foods, music and traditions of the Indian subcontinent. 

Story Time at Belmont Books
Saturday, February 3rd, 11 a.m.

Cozy up for a special Story Starters Story Time at Belmont Books! This event is open to the wider community so bring your friends!

Parent Dessert & Discussion facilitated by Joslyne Decker

Thursday, February 8th, 7 - 8:30 p.m

A relaxed time to connect with other Story Starters parents and hear what’s working well and what is a challenge. We will celebrate and problem solve together. 


Family Book Group - Grades 3 & 4 with Michelle Leip

Sunday, February 11, 2 - 4 p.m.

Families will read Save Me A Seat together and come for a family book group filled with conversation, activities, and food. (5 families must RSVP for this in order for it to run.)

*Upstander Workshop* with Michelle Chalmers 

Sunday, March 4th, 2- 4 p.m.

Ms. Chalmers will facilitate workshops broken out by age (4 – 7 year-olds and 8 – 10 year-olds). Families will explore what it means to be an upstander through stories, role play, and family brainstorming.

*Attendance at *starred* events is requested. We are building a community and consistent engagement and connection is important.* Other events are encouraged but optional based on child ages and family schedule.  Click here for an ICS calendar feed  or click here to view a google calendar of Story Starters events.

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