PLAINFIELD, NJ - Storyteller Shirley Johnson will be a featured speaker at Plainfield Public School District's Family Fun Night on Friday, Jan. 12 at the high school.  The event is open to students in grades K-8 and their parents.

Plainfield Public Schools, with the assistance of the English Language Arts and Math Content Supervisors, is sponsoring the Family Fun Night. The program will provide the school community an opportunity to learn together and to experience the work the children and their teachers are exploring in the classroom.

Donna Mullaney, English Language Content Supervisor, said, "Johnson's multicultural and African-American tales captivate her audiences with highly energized and creative presentations. It will be a fun experience for the family. We are asking all our parents with children in grades K-8 to attend the Family Fun Night. We have prepared a program we are sure they will enjoy!"

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Accompanying storyteller Johnson will be percussionist and artist Chris White III. White has been performing for local dance classes and is a Bloomfield College graduate specializing in Interactive media.

Johnson said, "Storytelling, through the use of language, facial expression, and repetition, helps listeners to understand the use of language in their everyday lives. Multicultural Stories, in particular, help listeners to understand that all people have more commonalities than differences"

Johnson's most recent engagements have been at libraries in East Orange, Hillside, Lakewood, and Paterson and at assisted living facilities in East Orange and Teaneck. She performs annually at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival and the Harlem Book Fair.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue. 

For more information, call 908-731-4333 or email gmontealegre@plainfield.k12.nj.us, or visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.