This weekend the PHS Drama students presented their fall play, M*A*S*H*, I always enjoy working with the stage crew when the kids do their thing. It gives me the chance to change roles and work with our students and parent volunteers as someone behind the scenes(literally). The students involved in our program really are amazing. Some of them are balancing school work, participating in a fall sport or a job, and a multitude of other teenage activities. I love watching our students grow in this program. Some of them find something inside themselves that they never knew existed! They inspire themselves and one another! One of my favorite parts of the weekend is seeing alumni from the program come back to see what the present students are doing with their legacy. So many of them have gone on to do some really fantastic things. We have to do everything we can to preserve these programs in these precarious times of budget crises and education reform agendas where many schools are cutting anything and everthing that is not measured by the high stakes exams. The quote of the weekend came from a student who has just accepted a full ride scholarship to a grad school, “It all started here Mr. Meister.” Indeed, many of our highest achieving students are those students that have challenged themselves to grow in one of our extra curricular programs. A second quote that stuck with me is from a student who was participating in the play: “Mr. Meister, this is such hard work, but I love every minute of it. I will never forget this!” These types of programs are truly the staging grounds for our kids that have launched themselves to some pretty fantastic accomplishments!