Camille Churchill, a Kindergarten teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School, recently submitted her final report for an excel grant she was awarded last December. “We were able to bring the staff together, with 9 staff members, to put on the play the Jungle Book. We had over 50 students participating in the play, kindergarteners through 6th grade. They performed twice for the student body and parents, to rave reviews!”
Camille wrote: The students were amazing through this process. Our lead, Morgan, memorized the whole script the first week of practice! Some students became nervous and dropped out but others stepped up and showed great confidence and loyalty as they picked up the slack. I especially loved watching the kindergarteners in my class carrying around their scripts, pulling them out at silent reading time, and trying hard to match the words to the parts they had memorized. They quietly would sing “Bear Necessities” as they would read along!
We also had an incredible challenge during this time but the staff did not quit. A friend from the community, along with some dedicated staff and parents stepped and as they say in show biz, the show must go on! And it did. We truly worked as a community to make it happen.
After the performance, one of the kindergarten teachers remarked, “My kids can’t stop talking about it! They loved the snake and the songs are now permanently stuck in all of our heads! What a great thing to do as a school!” Another one of my students told me her mom told her she was so proud of her that she made the decision to try out and never gave up.
The staff and students are very enthused about doing this again next year! After years with no theatre at White Center Heights, our staff now knows it can be done, and it really makes a difference! Words can not express the appreciation we have to you for making this experience possible for our students! As a youth and teen, I was involved in the theatre, and I know how my confidence, and my love for literature increased (as well as my capacity to memorize).
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