On any given day, our little ones are pirates, princesses, astronauts, and race car drivers. They go on wild adventures that they simply can’t wait to share with us. So it goes without saying that our kids love to tell stories. Luckily, we’re not the only ones who love these “kid-ventures.” 826 Valencia, a local non-profit that started in San Francisco, also shares our affinity for kids’ stories. The mission of 826 Valencia is to promote an appreciation for the literary arts and develop writing skills by offering free writing programs and tutoring for students ages 6-18.

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What it is
From March 20 – April 3, 826 Valencia is teaming up with SF-based App/Toy company, Launchpad Toys, to promote their Toontastic Story Drive. Launchpad Toys are the proud creators of the NY Times recognized app, Toontastic: All Access, an app that lets kids create, record, and share homemade cartoons. With lots of fun characters to choose from and tons of customizable features, your little storytellers can make their very own animated movies right from their iPad.

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How it Works
As part of the Toontastic Story Drive, Launchpad Toys is donating 50% of the download proceeds from their app Toontastic: All Access to 826 Valencia. These funds will help keep the amazing writing programs and workshops at 826 Valencia available to all students.

The story drive is designed to encourage kids to feed their imagination and become active storytellers while raising money for 826 Valencia. It’s no coincidence that the Toontastic Story Drive falls right on the heels of National Storytelling Day, which took place on March 20th.

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Win Some Pirate Booty
In addition to their fundraising for 826 Valencia, Launchpad Toys is running a Toontastic Treasure Tales contest on their site. Creative kids can upload their homemade pirate cartoons for the chance to win a real pirate treasure chest filled with lots of cool prizes.

The Toontastic Story Drive ends April 3rd, so sponsor a storyteller today and help motivate young storytellers everywhere to share their voice.

How do you encourage your little storytellers to share their ideas?

photos courtesy of the Toontastic facebook page