Still on my soapbox about the importance of Art Education, here is a closer focus on the presentation of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner to Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who hid 65 children in her classroom while an expelled student went on a shooting rampage through the school, killing 14 students and 3 faculty members and injuring numerous others.
I feel she totally deserved this recognition and her acceptance speech sealed the deal. She clearly put into perspective the importance of Arts in Schools.
Her own students went on to perform an excellent and moving rendition of Seasons of Love from the musical, Rent.
It was a worthy recognition and moment of triumph but as Melody said in this TIME magazine article; “If we could just go back to February 13 and be the normal, everyday people that we were, we’d give it up in a heartbeat,” she said. “There’s nothing that can replace what we had on that day.”