School should be about more than math and literacy; it should be just as much about new experiences in new places --both of which take the student away from the familiar. Tomorrow Creativity College is taking ALL (not just G.T. kids), ALL 5th & 6th grade students to see WICKED at the Orpheum in Memphis.
The only students who have done anything like this before are the G.T. kids who went with me to see "Mary Poppins" at the Orpheum last year. The truth is... it is unacceptable to deprive a child of this experience simply because they aren't G.T... Children are children regardless of the labels we affix to them --each and every one of them need and deserve new experiences in new places that grow them in more ways than we ever know.
Over the years I have taken countless groups of my G.T. kids to see many plays at the Orpheum. We've seen "Miss Saigon," "Les Miserables, "Lion King," " Phantom of the Opera," "Aida," "Blue Man Group" .... the list goes on and on. Those kids (even the boys) loved it and begged to go back! They returned to school wearing the t-shirt and talking about the unbelievable things they saw. They talked about how beautiful the inside of the Orpheum is and how the set seemed impossible. I always knew that the classmates they were talking to wished they could have been there. Wouldn't you have?
This time I'm taking ALL ...not just the G.T. kids. I look back and am saddened that all those years I only took my G.T. kids. Like I said, "Children are children regardless of the labels we affix to them ---each and every one of them need and deserve new experiences in new places that grow them in more ways than we ever know." Now everyone can talk about what they saw...now no one has to "wish" they could have been there.
Finally I got it right...