Transcript for Kids telling their stories during the pandemic
Now to the power of story telling and how some students are using it to deal with a painful chapter in their lives, this pandemic. Janai Norman has the story. Everyone who comes to camp has this magical bracelet. Reporter: This morning, a ray of light for a community of eighth graders in the midst of what's easily the darkest year of their young lives, plagued by the pandemic and isolation at a time when developmentally they need socialization the most. Many navigating losing loved ones to covid-19. For this group of children to be able to write their stories and tell their stories and, you know, maybe that would be cathartic and healing to them as well. Reporter: Parents and teachers in New York now adopting the program, written out loud for the entire grade. Those young children set to join hundreds of students across the country in exploring the joy of storytelling. The nationwide organization encouraging kids to embrace their creativity as they learn their imagination knows no bounds. As soon as you get them talking about their actual influences, the stories they love most, not just books of course, but movies, TV shows, video games. One at a time. They start spouting just absolute joy at the creative press, and they end up writing books in our program. Reporter: And thanks to zoom, they're getting that personal connection many have been craving in an era defined by social distancing. It's so nice to be able to, like, talk to my friends and collaborate. We can collaborate outside of the class. Reporter: And at the end of it all -- It's my book. Reporter: -- Kids are walking away from the program with their own published books and just enough spark to light their passion for a lifetime. Imagine if this is going to be, like, a profession or just something fun, but I definitely want to continue writing. Reporter: Written out loud has published over 500 storytellers across the country, and you can see how excited the kids were when they were seeing their work come to life, guys. Absolutely. Thank you for that story, janai.
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