I have always loved the arts, especially the theater. My parents have taken me to many musicals and shows with my sister. My sister has starred in a few local productions. When I got to middle school, I took part in all our St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School productions.
It bothers me that many students have little exposure to the arts in today’s schools. With all the educational cutbacks (in public schools), the arts programs are being targeted first. I want other children to experience this wonderful joy of seeing a live show.
For my Girl Scout Silver Award project, I invited students from Just Elementary to our “Wizard of Oz” matinee performance. I was able to provide complimentary tickets for the students and their families. The other performers and I (in costumes) visited Just Elementary to do a couple of songs and raise interest for this fun event. The students gathered in the media center to hear our skit and song. They were all very excited and asked us a lot of questions about our characters. I explained that I was the Scarecrow, looking for my brain. I also expressed to the students the amount of work and hours of rehearsals for this show we had undertaken.
We offered transportation for any family that wished to attend and had a need. As part of my Silver Award project, my friends and I put together goodie bags for students attending. Since I was in the show, I organized a couple of friends to be the meet-and-greet ambassadors for Just Elementary students arriving. I also decided my character would be available for photos after the show with any child.
To continue to involve Just Elementary students, I would like to visit the school again and teach the kids some of the show tunes from “The Wizard of Oz” and have a little talent show for them.
In the future, I will encourage the Student Government at St. John’s to reach out to Just Elementary and allow them to attend any theater shows at our school.
I have been involved in Girl Scout Troop 487 since I was in kindergarten.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School is a private school in South Tampa. Just Elementary is a public school at 1314 Spruce St. in Tampa.