▶️ Holiday tradition brings “The Grinch” to Sage Elementary in Redmond



“They would feast on Who pudding and rare Who roast beast, which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least.”

Christopher Leebrick gives a new meaning to story time.

And Redmond’s Sage Elementary looks forward to it every year.

“It’s awesome that we’ve built a great tradition at Sage.”

Leebrick is a professional storyteller from Portland.

While he has told stories all over the world, he never fails to stop by Sage Elementary every December

“We watch Charlie Brown Christmas, we watch Elf, we watch Polar Express. Well The Grinch being told with a live performer, exactly the way Dr. Suess wrote it, I mean that’s a tradition also that is popular at the school for sure,” Leebrick said. 

Leebrick has been performing “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” since the school opened nine years ago.

All thanks to his 18 year friendship with their librarian.

“Getting him over here, and into a brand new school, I introduced him to Carolyn the principal, and she thinks it’s a fabulous thing to have him back year after year and build our tradition of The Grinch,” said Library Technician Suzanne Yeakey. 

Many student got into the story time spirit, dressing up as their favorite Grinch characters.

It’s one of the many reasons Leebrick says kids make the best audience.

“They just engage so easily,” he said. “It’s rare to have a child not want to hear a story.”

It’s a Sage tradition students can’t wait to hear.

And one they’re sure to miss after 5th-grade is over.


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