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Educators get in the act for Foundation Follies

Showtime has almost arrived for the Lawrence school district.

April 17, 2009

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Pam Gibbs, music teacher at Quail Run School, right, and other members of the Quail Run staff rehearse their performance for the Lawrence schools Foundation Follies on Thursday at Liberty Hall.

Pam Gibbs, music teacher at Quail Run School, right, and other members of the Quail Run staff rehearse their performance for the Lawrence schools Foundation Follies on Thursday at Liberty Hall.

It’s showtime at Liberty Hall tonight as Lawrence educators get ready to take the stage for the 19th annual Foundation Follies.

The variety show has a bit of something for everyone, and co-director Carolyn Welch says it definitely will be a good time.

“It’s a fundraiser that tends to be kind of a ruckus, and it’s very creative. It has a bit of a variety show flavor sometimes. There’s good food, drinks and friends. It’s just a really fun, fun evening of entertainment.”

Superintendent of Schools Randy Weseman will perform his grand finale this year after being a show staple for the past 18 years. Welch says that part of the show will be sure to please.

“He is actually a very good musician … a good guitar player and a good singer. He has a way with words. It’s always a highlight.”

Performer and Sunflower School fourth-grade teacher Martha Wenzel says their act for this year has a unique significance.

“This year we have a really special performance that is dedicated to our faculty member that died earlier this year,” she said. “I think it’s really going to move people.”

Money raised at the event will benefit the Lawrence Schools Foundation. The hope is to raise more than $30,000 — the approximate total from last year.

The Follies has a fiesta theme this year and will begin 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Balcony seating is $35 a person and $25 for staff. Lower level seats can be reserved for $50.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

I wish Ms. Gibbs' t-shirt read, "Elect candidates who will fund the fully accredited school of your choice, whether public or private." That probably wouldn't be approved by the NEA union bosses, though.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 8 months ago

Alright, let's have some public education debate throwdown! Who's next?

james bush 5 years, 8 months ago

How depressing..................Teachers teaching students and whomever else they are able to influence to pay teachers(her) more money..............self serving hypocrites, perhaps, or just ordinary greedy unionists?!

james bush 5 years, 8 months ago

K U and Lawrence , the minimum wage city and the state's supplier of socialists/bureacrats for welfare rights groups; ie, Obama's ACORN constituency. MGAWD people, wake up!

Godot 5 years, 8 months ago

Ah, the audacity of public employees who know no fear, no shame, and no prospect of punishment for their misuse of taxpayer dollars to shill for a political cause.

Newell_Post 5 years, 8 months ago

At least in that photo, Pam Gibbs looks like Allison Janney (the actress who was on The West Wing).

teacherspet2 5 years, 8 months ago

Self-serving perhaps, but the Foundation funds the districts early childhood program, grants for innovative activities withing classrooms, scholarships for paraeducators wishing to go back to school for an education degree, and much much more. So yes, you can say the Follies are self-serving, but what better way can you see to spend an evening and raise money at the same time? The acts showcase the many creative talent of the districts teachers. During the Folies, the Foundation also gives out awards to teachers and recognizes the hard work of the businesses in the Lawrence community that support the schools. Just thought you should know.

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