Jack Zipes

2:22 PM, Jul 28, 2004   |    comments
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Jack Zipes wants every child's life to be filled with drama. His belief is so strong, he's developed a school curriculum to help foster storytelling in the classroom. It's called the Neighborhood Bridges Program.

Jack works with teachers and grade schoolers in the inner city to use fairy tales as a tool to find each child's identity.

Over the course of weeks and months, children write and tell stories, as well as act them out. They explore their histories and find their own voices.

"The children's confidence improves through their artistic expression," Jack explains. "Teachers also note improvements in reading and writing skills, too."

As a result of Jack's volunteering, the Neighborhood Bridges Program has been able to build bridges between teachers and students, children and parents, schools and communities, and different cultures.

Jack has designated $1100 to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota.

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