Why do we tell stories? Story telling has been a practice for generations throughout history. Sharing, teaching, entertaining. We sit around the dinner table with family at Thanksgiving and reminisce stories of the past. When buddies from college get together we retell stories and share the new life stories that have come. With Veteran's Day having just past, I always enjoy listening to veterans share their stories and experiences. They are often thrilling and scary, but make me more thankful in the telling! In many cases, the is how history was passed down, via the spoken or written story! Christ spent his ministry telling stories that gave examples, clarified understanding and challenged thinking. Among other things, His stories are what brought people to him because it was understandable and relateable. In every one of these examples, at the very heart of the act of story telling is opportunity and desire to connect!
The purpose of stories is to bring people into connection and community. That is what we should desire for our school's story to be and/or become. The fact of the matter is that we don't have a story to tell unless our students and families are not apart of what we do. We're not learning, sharing, growing, etc. That is the nature of our business. The story we tell must be one that inspires our students and families to become a part of and take part in the telling!
What are the elements of your school's story that draw people into community and help them find connection?