Kids Circle Kids’ Stories Set to Song!
In January 2016, the Kids and Teen Circle kids had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Tom, a musician from the nonprofit Sing Me A Story Foundation (SMAS), to have their stories set to song. Tom travelled to Westlake Village from Nashville to help our kids tell their stories about important people, places and events in their lives. Twelve kids between the ages of 6 and 15 happily chatted away, eating snacks, sharing and just being kids as they wrote and illustrated their personal stories, using humor, poignancy, imagination and creativity. (The kids were able to choose to write about anything they wanted). One participant, Skhye, wrote about “The Time I Got Lost at Disneyland.” Josie shared memories of a visit to Disneyland as well. Gabie remembered a great family trip to Hawaii. And Sarah titled her story, “The Thanksgiving Disaster.”
After the kids wrote their stories, they were distributed to SMAS Songwriters (in genres including rap, rhythm and blues, country western and rock and roll) through their website, www.SingMeAStory.org. The songwriters then view the stories, choose one, and write a melody to go with the kids’ own words. They then record the songs and send them back to the children by uploading them back to the website. SMAS Jukebox campaigns are then created for each song uploaded in an effort to raise money for the partnering nonprofit and SMAS.
Our Kids and Teen Circle kids thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was another way for them to just be kids in a relaxed environment with understanding peers while they cope with cancer in their families, or the death of a parent; another way for these children to have a voice and be recognized.
Our Kids and Teen Circle program offers kids the opportunity for self-expression through music, art, talk and other creative experiences. This event offered a unique, new opportunity for our kids to share who they are.
Our Kids and Teen Circle programs meet on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Westlake Village, and our bilingual group meets on Mondays (except the 1st Monday of each month) in Oxnard from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.