When 85% of a school’s students qualify for free, or reduced lunch, you don’t expect them to drive nice cars, and carry laptops to school, much less go on trips to Europe. But a lack of material wealth doesn’t mean those kids can’t be rich in dreams and talent. Case in point: the drama department of Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. They won the honor of participating in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August, 2012. Long recognized for its entertaining and innovative productions, Scots Theatre was selected by the American High School Theatre Festival as one of 51 high school theatre programs to represent the United States as part of the 2012 AHSTF program during the August Fringe Festival. The AHSTF Board of Advisors reviews all completed applications and identifies the top high schools based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations.
As you can see, it’s a tremendous honor, but it presents a daunting challenge as well! In order to take their theatre troupe and its show to Edinburgh's prestigious Fringe Festival, they need to raise $95,000. That’s roughly $6,000 per student!
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