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Brooksville Elementary students learn from storyteller how it pays to be good

BROOKSVILLE — Professional storyteller Kaye Byrnes kept Brooksville Elementary School students enthralled recently, delivering stories about how it pays to be good.

The visitor was invited to the school by second-grade teacher Patricia Gibson, who helps coordinate events for the school's PBS — Positive Behavior Support — team.

"We are always looking for events to promote positive behavior in our students," said PBS team leader and exceptional student education teacher Peggy Romesberg. With storytelling, she said, Byrnes was able to bring in character-building themes.

"She's trying to send a positive message to the students," Romesberg said.

Byrnes had no props, except her storytelling skills, and tailored the stories according to the grade levels — first for a group students in kindergarten through second grade, followed by third- through fifth-graders.

"She has several different project options," Romesberg said.

Byrnes can tell stories about such things as writing and cultures.

The school chose "It Pays to be Good" because it reinforces positive behavior.

"She talked a lot about making good choices," Romesberg said.

The PBS program paid for the storyteller with funds raised from General Mills box tops. Collections were promoted through competitions among classrooms to win parties, and parents were encouraged to bring them during evening events. The team was able to raise a few thousand dollars, Romesberg said.

The 17-member PBS team, coordinated by Romesberg, consists of 17 members in small teams doing things that include communication, event planning, character education lesson planning, data collection, running the "cool cat" store, staff appreciation and handling the welcome wagon for new staffers.

Brooksville Elementary students learn from storyteller how it pays to be good 04/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 5:01pm]
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