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The snow was everywhere at the Storyteller Children’s Center | Homes and Lifestyle

Posted on December 15, 2021
| 5:07 p.m.

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The Storyteller Therapeutic School program helps prepare children for kindergarten. (Courtesy photo)

More than 50 children served by the Storyteller Children’s Center were surprised Wednesday morning when snow showers fell on both campuses, 2115 State St. and 2121 De La Vina St.

The snow machines were donated by the Scribner family and an anonymous donor. In addition to the surprise snow, large Christmas trees for classrooms, as well as individual mini trees for students to take home, were donated by Davies Public Affairs / Blaze PR.

Volunteers, including members of the National Charity League, sponsored Christmas gifts for all storytelling families. For about 30 years in a row, one of Storyteller’s founders and board member Kenny Slaught paid a special visit to students as Santa Claus.

“We are thrilled to bring the joy of the holiday season to our children who have faced so many challenges, especially during the past two years of the pandemic,” said Executive Director Susan Cass. “This is just another way to support – and bring joy – to the families we serve. “

Due to the Covid, participation was limited to staff, children and sponsors.

Founded in 1988, members of the Santa Barbara community formed the Storyteller Children’s Center. The organization was designed to ensure that all families, regardless of their economic status or life circumstances, have access to the resources they need to build a healthy and happy future for their children.

Storyteller is a full-time therapeutic school program that supports nearly 100 families from two Santa Barbara campuses each year, ensuring students are ready for kindergarten, a critical marker of their academic development. To learn more, visit

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