KENNEDY - A bit of Haiti was brought to life at Temple School in Kennedy by storyteller Lindsay Bonilla recently. Ms. Bonilla wove lessons about Haiti and the importance of water into her interactive presentation of the traditional Haitian folktale, "Papa Dieux's Well". Young people from the Town of Poland Summer Recreation Program helped Ms. Bonilla involve the audience in the presentation, and had a lot of fun while learning.
Lindsay Bonilla is artistic director of World of Difference, Ltd. She has performed internationally with her programs to bring folktales from around the world to a wide variety of audiences. Trained in both performing arts and education, she provides such an enthusiastic and entertaining program that you forget you're learning something, too.
A native of Ohio, and graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Bonilla stated that she has always loved to entertain and tell stories. This natural talent shows through as she works her magic on an audience.
Lindsay Bonilla tells stories to students at Temple Elementary School.
P-J?photo By Rose Mary Carver
In addition to her touring performances, she can be heard as the voice of Carlita, the Spanish-speaking chameleon, on the award-winning syndicated children's program, "Ask Gilby". Also a writer, her first children's book, "Lily and the City of Light" is being released this year. Her programs also help to raise funds to help with aid to needy countries.
Following her presentation of "Papa Dieux's Well", Ms. Bonilla told everyone that if they wanted to learn more about Haiti and other places, they could go to their public library and have the librarian help them. She then thanked Linda Bish, Head Librarian of the Kennedy Free Library, for inviting her to perform here and said she would love to come again.
More information about Ms. Bonilla and the various programs offered by World of Difference can be obtained from their website, www.worldofdiff.org.