Regenerating Our Offspring Through Stories, Inc.

7823 Cheltenham Avenue

Glenside, PA. 19039

About Us

Our Mission & Vision

A 501 c (3) non-profit organization.

We use the art of storytelling to promote literacy in order to reach the various types of learners in a multicultural society. Using theater, folklore, music and songs as a mode of communication while watching the imagination take flight.

Thank You to Our Donors

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A Letter to My Father

Brianna wrote and read a compelling letter to her father during #An Afternoon of The Spoken Word on July 8, 2017. 

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Collaboration with La Mott Community Knitters

For the past  five years we've donated books and over 100 hand knitted items to infants in the NICU at Thomas Jefferson and Einstein hospitals. 

In Partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia READ by 4th

Distribute books to Pre-K - 3rd graders.

Donate dictionaries to 3rd graders

In memory of Annie Plummer "the dictionary lady" we donated dictionaries to Mrs. Okanski's third grade class at Anna B.Day Elementary School.

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Aesop Fables Workshop

Aesop Fables are taught to parents as well as students via call and response, rhythm, rhyme and a touch of puppetry. Some workshops encourage students to write their very own fable. 

Meet the Author a collaboration with AARP

Founder and author Joann Frasier Dasent aka Auntie Jo Jo shared her self published book "A Farmer, His Son and Their Mule" during a Literacy Carnival at Cayuga School.

Voices of Girls 2017

Sankofa Youth Theatre and Creative Arts is a division of R.O.O.T.S Inc. Girls ages 12-16 meet at the historical La Mott Community Center for 10-12 weeks, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to write, monologues, stories or scenes for a one hour production.

2017 Board Members

Joann Frasier Dasent - Founder/CEO

After a longtime interest in art and folk tradition, a passion for community service, founder/artist director Joann Frasier Dasent aka Auntie Jo Jo decided to start a non-profit organization combining her interest in the oral tradition with art, theater and music with the desire to empower youth.

Ronald Dasent - Treasurer/Photographer

Ronald is a manager during the day and a lifelong photographer during his spare time. He has taken countless memorable photos of the youth over the years.

"There is one thing the photographer must contain, the humanity of the moment."

~Robert Frank

Adrienne J. Gaymon - Secretary

A supporter and volunteer of the program since its conception in 2008. Adrienne is currently employed at Myers Elementary School and works with students in the classroom. Adrienne's daughter Jasmine was one of the first youth to be a part of the Sankofa Youth Theatre and Creative Arts.

Youth Liaisons

Mrs. Martha M. Woods R.N., MS. Psychology

A retired employee of the Philadelphia School District she is widowed with three children and one grandson. Since her retirement she has been tutoring children at Pennypacker Elementary School in reading. She loves praise dance and theater. We are blessed to have her as a mentor for our youth. In April 2016 she received The Sarah Bass Allen Award of Achievement. 

Lydia Robison

Lydia has years of experience contributing to the youth through various camps, classrooms and community based programs. She is the founder of Scene-N-Action Productions Company, Inc. (SNAP C0) which is a non-profit performing arts and outreach program for children. She has a passion for encouraging and impacting youth all over through her God given talents.

Michael Frasier

   Imagine being a mailman and having a walking route where you get to hear stories as well as share  some in return. "Mike the Mailman" would make a great title for a children's book. Since its conception Mike has been a generous donor to the organization. Look out for his best seller, in the near future. 

Voices of Girls and The Board

Voices of Girls #An Afternoon of The Spoken Word

R.O.O.T.S. Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 2008.

Monologues( past& present), poems and a story, oh my!

For over ten weeks these young ladies came together to write or express their voices via the written and spoken word.


Left to right: Taylor, Sarah (visiting artists), Phoebe, Auntie Jo Jo, Brandi, Brianna and Kay'steinna. 

A Farmer, His Son and Their Mule


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Thanking you in advance for purchasing this self-published book written by the founder of R.O.O.T.S, Inc. The money will go towards our ongoing fundraising efforts.


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