One man’s trash helps keep theatre program alive at a local middle school

One man’s trash helps keep theatre program alive at a local middle school

POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 6:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 6:34am

The students of McKinley Middle Magnet are hard at work getting ready for a weekend garage sale. The goal is to raise funds for the school’s theatre program.

“They were sorting some of the items and they were all excited about helping out,” Nikki Boyle, parent volunteer, described. “They’ve been gathering items commonly seen at garage sales, like books, furniture and such.”

Students in grades 6-8 have been collecting items for the Trash to Treasure sale and will take them down to the Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 10. Faculty sponsors April Holliday (McKinley Theatre Instructor) and Heather Owens (Talented Drama Teacher) are leading the charge.

“The sale will help them raise money to buy props and costumes for future projects,” Boyle continued to explain.

Along with the sale, students will perform an excerpt from their spring musical, “Aida.”

“Actors will go anywhere to perform,” Boyle said with a laugh. “I love to see these kids express their selves and make it their own and personalize it.

“This is all part of their education,” she continued. “They learn that they have to raise the money for the things they want in life. I think it’s great and I love seeing them participate in all these activities.”

As if all that were not enough, the theatre students will also sell baked goods, too.

The sale will get started at around 8:00 a.m. and will continue until noon.

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