By Julie Hall for My Story Matters
My Story Matters is not just the name of our non-profit organization, we believe, and it is our mission to help everyone know, that their story does matter. We also have a story to tell. Here is an incredible part of it, and why we can continue to serve in our community.
We dedicate so much of our time reaching out to those in our community who need to have their story told. We partner with many schools in Salt Lake and Utah county. We serve families who have lost children and those who are fighting to keep their children alive. We have served refugee families, military families and immigrant families.
As part of our story, we partnered with My Hero Journey, and an elementary school in Lehi, to tell the story of 21 first-graders. During the month of May, we were able to return to the school and deliver the books to this incredible group of students. We had the opportunity to watch a music video that the kids had made with them singing our theme song. On the video, we heard about what they had learned. We watched as they opened their books and read their story to their families. Then, they and their families went into the library and began to cut and tie quilts.
We were pleased to find that the quilts were for us. The kids found out that we have some opportunities to give out quilts with books and they wanted to give back to My Story Matters and My Hero Journey. These young students had spent about 9 weeks learning about themselves and that their story matters and now they were reaching out to help others.
We love story and the power it has to unite us in commonality. Thanks so much to these young first graders for sharing their stories with us and for helping us to be able to tell the stories of others. This is what we are all about. My Story Matters.