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Schools Participation - 2018

Bishop McVinney School
Broad Rock Middle School
Claiborne Pell Elementary
Delsesto Middle School
Dr. Martin Luther King School
(EBCAP) East Bay Community Action Program
Fishing Cove Elementary
Fort Barton Elementary
Frank E. Thompson Middle School
Frenchtown Elementary
George Hanaford Elementary
Gilbert Stuart Middle School
Hopkins Hill School
International Charter School
James Eldredge Elementary
Meadow Brook Farms
Meeting Street School
Mount Pleasant High School
Ocean State Montessori School
Nathaneal Greene Middle School
Peace Dale Elementary
Pell Annex at John F Kennedy
Providence College
Rockwell School
Roger Williams Middle School
Stadium School

The Learning Community
(UCAP) Urban Collaborative Acceleration Program
Wakefield Hills Elementary School
West Kingston Elementary



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FUNDA means "to teach and learn" in Zulu and KiSwahili
FUNDA offers the best in cultural "edu-tainment"


This week-long celebration travels to schools across Rhode Island from Tuesday, January 16th through Friday, January 19th, 2018. During this time, local Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) tellers and spoken word artists, as well as invited national and international guests will be available to visit your school. The celebration then culminates in a two-day storytelling festival held in Providence and Westerly on the weekend of January 20th.  Rhode Island Black Storytellers will arrange for a storyteller to perform in your school at a date and time of your choice – during school hours, after school from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and evenings.



Book your school/organization performance now

A compelling and educational experience for children!


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What Schools Say About Funda:


RIBS is thankful for all FUNDA FEST school participants for inviting tellers to share their stories with their student bodies year after year, in support of our mission of promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.

Here are a few reflections of FUNDA FEST K-12 school performances:

"Rochel Coleman did a great job! He was very good with kids! " Wilbur-McMahon

"I have requested Teju for several years now. The entire staff and the children love seeing him. The kids even remember the stories he has told in previous years. Although I am retiring this year, I hope my successor opts to have a RIBS teller come next year." Rhodes



"As always Len Cabral's performance was wonderful. He is very good at judging how long the students are able to focus and attend."-International Charter School


"The children enjoyed the storytellers. It reinforces the importance of stories, writing, reading etc. It was a great experience. The students were especially touched by Valerie Tutson's Haitian folktale. It was timely considering the earthquake in Haiti had just taken place." MLK Elementary


"Teju did a terrific job tying his stories to our curriculum on a few moments notice! Thanks! Broad Rock Middle School

"Great performance highly entertaining!!!" Hopkins Hill