November 30, 2012
I have been involved with Schenectady Theatre for Children in many roles. My first encounter came when I was a primary grade teacher at a local elementary school. The Schenectady Theatre for Children came to perform a musical play at our school every year. The children in my class were enthralled by their shows and always learned something new. You see, the STC plays not only tell a wonderful story that often transports the children to another time, place and culture, they also expand vocabulary, pose ethical questions and encourage the children to think. Each teacher has access to a study guide that suggests further learning activities and tie those activities to the curriculum. When I retired 6 years later, I was delighted to be able to volunteer with the theatre. Quite frankly, I never imagined that I would find something that I enjoyed as much as teaching but this was it! The wonderful people at STC taught me about producing quality children's theater while teaching me and helping me grow as an actor. While I was just a volunteer, I always felt that I was "paid" with the laughter and joyful faces of the children in the schools, libraries and centers that we served. It truly became a very bright spot in my life. And now I am also a board member. I am seeing how important donations are to keep the cost of the shows accessible to the schools that have experienced so many budget cuts over the past few years. Children truly need the arts and STC does a great job of bringing them to many children through the plays, summer camp and the Great Minds series. It educates and brightens the lives of not only the children it serves but also the many wonderful people who volunteer. And so as a volunteer, board member, former client served and member of the general public, I wholeheartedly endorse the work Schenectady Theatre for Children!
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