We are Soliciting SNACS Stories!

Do you have a SNACS story to share?  Every current, and alumni student, family, and staff member has their own story about why they chose SNACS and how it has helped them in ways that is beyond education.  We want to hear your story!

Think Chicken Soup for the Soul… but in this case, the Chicken Soup is SNACS = SNACS for the Soul!

We each have a unique perspective about how SNACS has made a difference for ourselves, our children, our families.  Sharing stories is an important way to celebrate traditions and practices that keep us excited about SNACS.  Stories are meant to be told, celebrated, shared.  Consider sharing yours!

The SNACS small school community has an underlying story about the power of human connection, our sense of belonging, and in learning to change the world though education.  When we each share our story, we begin to experience a collective voice that becomes the SNACS story.   The impact is greater than that of chicken soup and can have a ripple effect to change the world.  That is the goal!  Dr. Regan, SNACS founder 21 years ago, is working on publishing a collection of SNACS stories that exemplify the power of our small school community.

We seek stories that embrace how SNACS has impacted your (or your child’s) education.  We seek stories that embrace how SNACS has impacted your teaching and the children you work with.  And by impact, we mean change or make a difference, to change the world… through a human connection, a memory, or a story at a time.

We are looking for a different variety of stories that paint an image of change.  We are seeking to collect stories that portray the impact of the climate and culture in our small school community and how it has changed you, your family, or the community.

Stories can be about how personalized learning through choice, play, and exploration has helped you be a big fish in a small sea (the sea = our small school community).

Real Stories…

The following three excerpts are examples of stories from former and current school community stories.

Here is an example of a real story from a former student:

I was having a bad day and didn’t feel like anything I ever did was right or correct.  I sat on the bench outside by myself thinking about how many tasks I had to do when I got home and I was pretty overwhelmed.  I didn’t even feel like playing with other kids at recess. That’s when Mrs. ***** came over and talked with me.  She made me feel important because she took time out to talk with me.  After our conversation, she invited me to help her in the classroom after school.   Soon I began taking on leadership roles in the classroom and helped her when she needed it.  Over time, I learned to use choice and manage my time better.  This helped me not feel overwhelmed.  Looking back, she helped me recognize that everyone sometimes has a bad day, but it is about attitude and how we approach our problems with our mindset.  We can’t control what other people do or the circumstances around us, but we can control our mindset and attitude and how we approach them.  

Here is an example of a real story from a former student:

I never like to write at my old school I attended.  In fact, after my mom died, I didn’t like school at all. One day my dad decided we needed to try something different and moved us to SNACS.  At first, I was nervous and expected to be like all the other schools I had tried.  But within a few weeks, I realized it was different.  I met the principal and she invited me into her office, for no particular reason.  She got to know me and became someone I would go so, especially when I missed my mom.  She listened to anything I had to say and even helped me remember and celebrate her mom throughout the years. 

We began publishing our books and I decided to write my book about my mom.  I spent weeks working on my book and my teacher and principal helped me with editing and suggestions.  I was very proud of my work and was even more proud when we went to Barnes and Noble to sign our books at the author’s debut.  I remember sitting to sign my book and seeing my mom’s story for the first time as a published book.  It was the most amazing experience as I signed my book and had my picture taken, I even won a SNACS Caldecott award!  I felt so important that day and knew my mom was watching over me just as proud. 

Flash-forward ten years and I in college, an English major, and planning to writing my first official book to be published on Amazon.  My experience at SNACS  made me want to be a writer, it made me realize that I am a good writer and have stories to share.  SNACS has made a difference in my life and my family’s lives.  

An example of a real story from a parent:

Everyday was a struggle to get my child up and to school on time.  He was always in trouble and had terrible grades.  People didn’t seem positive toward him and he didn’t seem to care about his education.  I knew I had to make a change.  I heard about SNACS and went to tour.  After the tour, I met with the Principal and Dean and we went over data, behaviors, what my goals were, and they even asked my son what his goals were, how he felt about school, and what his ideal school experience should be like.  I couldn’t believe they even cared enough to ask. 

They explained that every student had a personalized learning plan and that they would implement an additional success plan for my son that provided him with an adult mentor to check in with everyday to make sure things remained positive.  The classrooms were set up where students made choices about what they were learning and when they completed their “must-do’s”.  Students were all in ability groups by subjects where the teacher pulled small groups to work with while other students worked in centers. 

I was asked to volunteer with choices on how I volunteered.  I liked helping during events and began to help set up and coordinate the fall farm and ranch days and the Harvest festival.  My son began helping and they taught him how to use a drill to put together the booths.  The events were a success.  Before I knew it, several months went by and my son was up and ready for school before I was most days.  He really loves SNACS, feels successful, and enjoys school.  SNACS changed everything for him and our family.  We love SNACS!

Next steps…

The list is endless and we want you to be creative!  Please share your SNACS story and help us share the power of SNACS!  We are looking for written stories in Word or email so we can copy, paste, and help with light editing (grammar, spelling, etc.).

We even have an option if you have a story to tell but are not able to type it… You can schedule a time to come in to tell the story verbally and we help craft the narrative… that’s okay too.

Deadline… 

Submit your stories to kregan@snacs.org.  The first deadline is April 10th after spring break.

Tips for submitting a story:

  1. Have A Point To The Story – How has SNACS impacted you, your family, the community?
  2. Show, Don’t Tell – How did this impact happen?  Who was involved?
  3. Use Vivid Details, Not Lots Of Facts. How did you feel before SNACS?  How did you feel after SNACS?
  4. Tell Personal Stories, But Cautiously. We need all-age reader friendly content.  If we have submissions that are specific to age groups, we may divide them up that way.
  5. Share Firsthand Thoughts & Feelings.  How did you feel—before and after?  Why did this person, activity, event, etc. impact you?
  6. Be real.  Tell a real story.  It can be a simple with only a few words or paragraphs or it can be a few pages.
  7. Include pictures (if you have them) and tell us how to reach you.