Parkland drama teacher who saved 65 to receive special Tony award

first_imgShare on Twitter Parkland drama teacher who saved 65 to receive special Tony award Tony awards Since you’re here… Melody Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, ‘overwhelmed’ by honor Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when a former student went on the rampage, resulting in the deaths of 17 people.She then later led encouragement as many of her pupils led the nationwide movement for gun reform, including organizing the March For Our Lives demonstration and the charity single Shine.The annual honor bestowed by the Tony awards and Carnegie Mellon University recognizes US educators from kindergarten to 12th grade who have “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession”.A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon and other leaders from the theater industry selects the winner, based on candidates submitted by the public.Herzfeld spoke to the value of drama and the arts in school, saying: “These kids are so close to adulthood they can taste it, but they don’t have all the responsibilities of adulthood yet. So it’s important to give them a safe place where they can fail or experiment and it doesn’t matter.”Charlotte St Martin, president of the Broadway League, said: “Arts education teaches leadership, teaches civic involvement, and brings out the best in people, helps them to be better citizens more well-rounded and balanced citizens.” news Theatre The special Tony award that honors educators this year will go to the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school who picks the school shows, builds the sets, hems the costumes – and defended her teenage students during the school shooting earlier this year.Melody Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at the school in Parkland, Florida, will be presented with the award onstage 10 June at the Tony telecast.She teaches many of the Parkland students who survived the 14 February mass shooting at their school and, almost overnight, created a new gun control grassroots movement led by young people.“I’m overwhelmed,” Herzfeld said. “But I hope that this award will remind everyone of how vital and important arts education is to our kids. Drama, music, art, creative writing that’s how you make good citizens.” US school shootings This article is more than 1 year old Parkland, Florida school shooting Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Shares5252 Associated Press Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Thu 31 May 2018 15.27 EDT Last modified on Thu 31 May 2018 16.46 EDT Share on LinkedIn Tony awards Share on Messenger Read more Florida Students walk out in support of gun control in the wake of the Parkland shooting.Photograph: RMV/Rex/Shutterstock Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Parkland teachers faced an impossible choice: ‘Do I hold the door open, or close it?’ Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img

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