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Storyteller/Musician to give free performance at EAC

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Storyteller/Musician to give free performance at EAC

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Speech Communications Department will host musician and storyteller, Larry Aker, for a free storytelling performance on October 12, at 7 p.m., in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center–Gila/Galiuro Room.

With over 30 years of classroom experience, Aker is able to build bridges of understanding and compassion. Armed with stories and songs about topical issues such as: friendship, divorce, grandparenting, and overcoming adversity, he offers musical journeys that touch audiences of all ages.

According to a 1998 US Department of Education report entitled What Works in Education, students who are exposed to storytelling tend to read more and have more active imaginations. Aker says that storytelling is the oldest form and most basic way of transmitting information. “Facts convince, but stories sell,” he said.

Aker was certified as an elementary and middle school teacher in Arizona in 1973, and has taught traditional and special needs populations. He has given workshops for teachers and parents in classroom music, poetry, the writing process, and dynamic classroom management. He has received numerous awards during his career including a 1993 Silver Apple Award from Newschannel 3, Heart of Humboldt Award, and the Prescott Valley Rotary Club Teacher of the Year for 2003-2004.

Before entering the classroom, Aker had been a professional musician for several years and has continued playing the guitar and autoharp ever since. His storytelling background comes from listening to tales woven by his father, grandfather, and uncles, one of whom was former Safford Mayor Gov Aker.

For more information about the Oct. 12 storytelling event, contact EAC Speech Communications Instructor Lee Russell at 928-428-8489.