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Story Time With Traveling Stories


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jan 13 - Jan 27, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Kids visit the StoryTent, pick out a book that interests them, and then read it out loud to a volunteer. The volunteer asks engaging questions that help the child build reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

If a child doesn’t know how to read yet, the volunteer will read to them.
Kids earn a book buck for every book they read. If a book is especially long or challenging, they can negotiate with the volunteer for more book bucks. The bucks can be used by a variety of prizes. Through this book buck system, we teach kids basic financial literacy skills.

The focus of the StoryTent is creating positive experiences associated with reading, developing strong critical thinking skills and building trust with the families who visit the program.

Mission of Traveling Stories:

Our mission at Traveling Stories is to empower kids to outsmart poverty by providing literacy and money management skills they need to become productive members of society.

We believe that books are a necessity, not a luxury. The ability to read and write is a human right. We are not afraid to look foolish in our effort to outsmart poverty. We believe there is more than one kind of poverty and more than one kind of hunger. It is important to feed a child’s stomach, but we must not forget their mind and imagination.

Through our mobile StoryTent program, we teach kids money management skills and help them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade. At the StoryTents, kids pick out books that interest them and read out loud with a volunteer. For every book read they earn a book buck, which can be redeemed for prizes. We currently serve over 3,000 local kids a year by our weekly programs in El Cajon, City Heights, and Imperial Beach.

Kids in low-income households who can’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 15 times more likely to drop out of school. Sadly, in the U.S., 82% of disadvantaged kids can’t read at grade level.

We’re seeing success at our programs. 100% of parents surveyed said the StoryTent improved their child’s reading level.

Our goal is to operate 10 weekly programs by the year 2020. This will allow us to impact at least 500 kids per program per year. Our team has grown to include 3 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 1 intern, and over 300 volunteers.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Photo from a previous StoryTent at Grossmont Center. Cour...

Above: Photo from a previous StoryTent at Grossmont Center. Courtesy of Traveling Stories.


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