Submitted by admin on May 18, 2009 - 2:51 pm
Children are the reward of life.
– Congolese Proverb
Today I want to honor children. Last night I spent the evening at the, much-awaited, East L.A.Classic Theatre (ECT) benefit, which raised money for ECT’s theatre and language programs in many L.A. publics schools. The event was a huge success with 800-900 people in attendance (including many celebrities). Several of my friends joined me in supporting this worthy cause. But what was most memorable about the evening were the children. A group of 30 children from Stevenson Middle School (who participate in ECT’s programs ) came out, in front of the stage, and introduced themselves. Two of the students stood up on stage and spoke about what they enjoyed about ECT and how it has positively impacted their lives. (Many of these children speak English as a second language and were very shy children, before entering ECT’s program). The programs offered to them by ECT have allowed the to soar, gain self-confidence and be introduced to the Arts (something that they might never have had exposure to had they not been invited to participate in ECT’s programs). These children were so beautiful, dressed in their Sunday best. They were nervous yet proud to be up in front of so many people. It was a wonderful sight to see. I so enjoy being a part of East L.A. Classic Theatre and knowing that in some small way I am helping a child flourish.