Our 1st Annual Back to School Festival was a success!!

A HUGE thank you to Ashland Public LibraryAshland Family YMCA, OregonWHITE CLOUD PRESSThe Great American Pizza Company, @AZ Catering & Event PlanningCreekside Strings, the Ashland Middle School music program, local author and educator Matt Damon, our amazing Stories Alive volunteers and all the wonderful families who came out to support our First Annual Back to School Festival!!!!

We had over 200 participants join us today to celebrate and student learning and creativity. We can't wait to celebrate with you all again next year!!!

"Give peas a chance!" Volunteer team leaders for the food fight finale of the festival, inspired by The Fall of General Custard: Or the Overthrow of a Leftover, by author Matt Damon.

"Give peas a chance!" Volunteer team leaders for the food fight finale of the festival, inspired by The Fall of General Custard: Or the Overthrow of a Leftover, by author Matt Damon.

One of the four fabulous murals created by 100 young festival participants.

One of the four fabulous murals created by 100 young festival participants.

Face paint artist Pam Galusha transforms a festival goer into a summer fox.

Face paint artist Pam Galusha transforms a festival goer into a summer fox.

Oh no! Who will save that marshmallow? A crowd gathers to watch the Story Machine show, created by Stories Alive.

Oh no! Who will save that marshmallow? A crowd gathers to watch the Story Machine show, created by Stories Alive.

A cupboard of fruit prepare for a crazy party on the kitchen countertop...All part of the story Save the Day, in the Story Machine show.

A cupboard of fruit prepare for a crazy party on the kitchen countertop...All part of the story Save the Day, in the Story Machine show.

Jeanne Renaux and the Story Machine!

Jeanne Renaux and the Story Machine!