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24 teachers from 8 different public schools will share their stories with StoryCorps, the non-profit organization that allows Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to share their personal stories. The National Teachers Initiative records, preserves, and shares the stories of rural teachers whose stories may otherwise never be heard by a broad audience.
StoryCorps interviews are typically conducted by two people who know and care about each other. Former teacher Carol Silvey of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is coordinating the event. She wants to make sure that family connections are the underlying theme.
“It seems that in the Ozarks, at least, that family connection has become all important. As one person has become involved in public education then it seems to me that others have followed. So I wanted that familial connection.”
The recordings will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Missouri State West Plains campus.
For KSMU news, I’m Shannon Bowers.