This Spotlight on Service comes to us from Sacramento, California. A group of 60 exuberant preschoolers, ages 18 months to 6 years old, learned about our local, non-profit community theater and made beautiful Walk of Fame handprints for the theater to display plus an art project that the theater used as a raffle prize in their monthly auction.
Madrone Montessori, a preschool in El Dorado Hills, has partnered with Little Hands Can to teach their students about a different non-profit every week. The students learn about the mission of the non-profit and how they help the community. Their lesson culminates in the students completing a project that will benefit the non-profit. It’s a wonderful partnership since one of the worthy goals of both organizations is to raise children who have a lifelong love of serving (and being involved in) their community.
Recently, Madrone Montessori students learned about a wonderful, local non-profit called Sutter Street Theater. One of the goals of the community service project was to select something that the students could really connect with as well as participate eagerly in. Sutter Street Theater puts on a great Family Series where children as young as 6 years old get to experience acting in a play! We felt that all the students could easily relate to children their age working hard to learn lines in a script and creating a magical world of make believe through participating in a play. Sutter Street Theater and their fantastic work was a perfect selection. Their mission statement is; “…to provide all children and adults in the region with high quality programs and services to learn about the art of theatre and related fields, to enrich the quality of life in the community through enhanced arts experiences, and to provide entertainment and art awareness through community stage performances and exhibits.” (http://sutterstreettheatre.com/about-us/)
One way that Sutter Street Theater raises money to support their efforts is by holding a monthly raffle where patrons purchase raffle tickets to win wonderful prizes such as a box of candy, jewelry, limited edition artwork and other desirable items. We decided to help their fundraising efforts by creating a project that they could potentially raffle off.
We started with a cool, industrial type crate and decorated it with movie-themed embellishments. Then we had the students make their very own Walk of Fame stars to put inside the movie crate!
Madrone Montessori sent two ambassadors to attend Sutter’s rendition of Treasure Island and to present the Artistic Directors with their school project. The theater was thrilled to receive the completed project and enjoyed adding it to their raffle prize line-up!
You can easily do something like this for your neighborhood community theater! It’s fun, educational and has the potential to help them raise money to keep putting on plays that the community will enjoy watching (or participating in)!