As long as there have been language and words, people have told stories. When we hear something that evokes an emotion, excites or amazes, we, both reader and listener are instantly transported. My kids still love to read and be read to.
But before i get ahead of myself let me make an introduction. Meet
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Okay. Back to the tradition of story telling and Stokes.
The tradition of tea began between Elsie W. Stokes and her daughter, Linda Moore, when she was just a little girl enjoying personal time with her mother. Missing the students, Mrs. Moore decided to set aside time every month to read and connect with the scholars of EWS.
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Before i go, i just want to say a quick personal thank you as my son (not featured) has come home raving about the experience of tea time. (Note: it's how i learned of its existence and was determined to make sure everyone knew that this Stokes tradition occurred.) Mrs. Moore, not one for public recognition much preferring the private reward of a good deed, had to be convinced to let me capture the moment and then blog it. So, a big thank you for allowing both to occur. It's been a real pleasure.
Linda Moore, Founder and Executive Director of Elsie Whitlow Stokes Freedom Public Charter School
Until next time,