Listening & interacting with a good story still matters. Join Amy the Storytelling Lady in reading adventures in her treehouse, garden and in other at-home environments.
Did you know there are 8 different ways to show the sound /o-e/ in the English written language? Special Endings are Real! Sometimes 2 or more letters can = 1 sound: /ea/ = beat, near /oa/ = boat, loan. In a multi syllable word, every syllable has a vowel! You can too can be a READING WARRIOR!
Sarasota Strong has developed working groups to encourage community members to utilize their skills and passions towards creating a trauma-informed community. In our Education group, led by Carrie Seidman, educators, activists, and people of all backgrounds, share the same desire of spreading the message about trauma and healing. Members work towards making connections in the community and having organic discussions to break barriers around the stigma of trauma.
This past week, Amy Weinberger, a Community Change Agent passionate about education and mental health wellness for students, teachers, families, and first responders, represented Sarasota Strong at The Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County by speaking with some of their students about stress management. Trauma and stress are so closely intertwined, much like one of the ice breakers Amy used with the teens and yarn, asking them to express a stressor in their life, then pass the yarn to another student, while also not getting tangled, creating a web between them. For some students, this task was simple, for others, the ball of yarn became complicated by the time it was passed to them, helping Amy and the students get a visual resembling life scenarios like coming across a barrier and having to work through it while realizing we are all connected.
Amy also shared repetition brain games to help students break overwhelming thoughts and help them refocus if not just relax from their thoughts for a moment. With college applications, SATs, and life’s curveballs heavy on the student's minds during these times, stress management and trauma awareness for our youth is a crucial tool to be implemented in our education systems. Thank you to Amy Weinberger for her time, passion, and being her true authentic self. Thank you to Annelise Adams for connecting and coordinating.