Books are the plane, the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.”
– Anna Quindlen
Reading at night is an important ritual many of us assume is universal. Having a comfortable safe place where our minds are free to connect, reconnect and grow becomes taken for granted. Did you know that the simple act of reading helps build bonds, listening skills, and cognitive and language development? It lengthens attention span, builds creativity, teaches life lessons, and helps social and emotional development as well. However, on any given day, thousands of children in our state have been displaced and often miss this essential nighttime experience.
This year our Contemporary Department will present, “A Journey Home,” a show that explores books and our connection to the journeys they take us. We will be teaming up with Utah Foster Care to help bring this essential ritual into the lives of foster children within our community. During our performance at the theatre, we will be collecting new pajamas, as well as books for these children in hopes of bringing a bit of comfort and connection. Ultimately, your donation will assist in the journey of building a bond between them and their parents or caregivers.
- Encourage your fan club to bring a donation to the show.
- Share our contemporary show’s mission with your family, friends, and neighbors and collect new pajamas and books.
- New and unused pajama sets for children to adult size, small to extra-large.
- Modest and age-appropriate (please no booty shorts, crop tops, or writing across the backside of shorts or pants)
- New and unused storybooks for children ages birth to young adult and grades pre-k through high school.
- Consider looking for books that contain characters of diverse backgrounds
- Please avoid trauma-inducing themes