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Fifth Annual Patrick A. Graybill Storytelling Festival Feb. 13, 2014
Storytelling: Alive with Enthusiasm! was the theme of the Rochester School for the Deaf Fifth Annual Partick A. Graybill Storytelling Festival, held at the school on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Festival Master of Ceremonies was Bruce Bucci, director of Deaf Studies at Boston University. Storytelling at RSD celebrates English and America Sign Language. Students in grades kindergarten through 8 select a storybook to read and translate into ASL. Students perform their storybook in the RSD auditorium stage in front of the school community. Students in grades 3-8 are judged by a panel of deaf adults from the community at-large. Top finisher from grades 3-8 go on to compete in the City of Rochester School District Storytelling Festival. Much appreciation goes out to the following: Our three judges: Chris Kurz, Patti Wink and Deanna DiVincenzo; all RSD parents who encouraged their students to read and to become great storytellers; RSD teachers and teaching assistants who prepared their students for the competition; Vincent Cantabene who videotaped the event; Library aide Sharon McKinney for all of her hard work on a variety of tasks; Patrick Graybill for always being there for the festival and our students; Principal Nancy Heaney for being supportive of the festival; Bruce Bucci for sharing his love of ASL, his time and creative hard work! And, last but not least thank you RSD Librarian Margaret Jennings for all that you do to make this storytelling festival such a success year after year!

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