When families gather for the holidays, it can be an opportunity to tell stories and pass on memories. For the St. Louis-based Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, that provides a possible treasure trove for young people to build writing skills and forge strong family bonds.
Every year, The Grannie Annie publishes a volume of family stories written by students in the fourth to the eighth grade.
The stories can be serious or funny, about life-changing events from long ago, or everyday occurrences. The one requirement is that they be a story about something that happened to a family member before the author was born.
Read the story and listen to current sixth grader Miles Bassett read aloud the story he wrote for “Grannie Annie” as a fifth grader at Conway Elementary School.