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December 16, 2013

Storybook Christmas

19th annual event held in Corbin

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Christmas descended on the Corbin Center for Technology Friday — and more than 1,000 elementary school children with it.

The 19th annual Storybook Christmas was held Friday, and according to Jill Lewis, the event coordinator, it was another huge success.

She said the event began with Corbin High School’s National Honor Society.

Lewis explained those students sought a community service project, and wanted to do something to increase literacy.

And now, nearly two decades later, the project continues.

She explained the high school students volunteer to be a part of this event — those students “act out” children’s books, complete with costumes, makeup and sets.

This year, 205 high school volunteers participated, she said, including members of the National Art Honor Society, who were set up to paint children’s faces during the event.

Other students who participated are involved with the Family Career Community Leaders of America, Lewis said.

“These students work hard,” Lewis said. “They perform (their plays) 50 times during the day.”

She said the one-day event “is 24 hours of magic.”

“This is done by the students all on their own time,” Lewis said. “They are so creative — every year it just floors me.”

She encourages the groups to use new or newly-released children’s books. “There are some great books out there,” she said.

Students attending the event came from the preschool, the primary school and the elementary schools in Corbin. Students also attended from Lynn Camp Elementary and Williamsburg Elementary.

Those students attending were required to bring one new children’s book as an admission ticket. This year, Lewis said they collected approximately 1,200 books. “The books collected go to the Empty Stocking Fund, the Corbin High School Angel Tree, and the Lion’s Club Christmas baskets,” Lewis said.

“This is something the students look forward to,” Lewis said. “I just tell them the date (of the event) and they just do it.”

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