Teacher helping students shine in the limelight

By WEEK Producer

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Thanks to some local students, the show will go on for the drama program at Washington Central Intermediate School.

Washington Central Intermediate School teacher Sarah Woolard knows how much works goes into plays like "the Emperor's New Clothes." Woolard created the school's drama program, which is now in its second year. And as winner of WHOI and CEFCU'S One Class at a Time$1,000 grant she's getting some help with it.

"I'm super excited. I have a feeling this is from my drama students. We just finished a performance this weekend and I'm super excited to get this for our program," said Grant Recipient and 5th Grade Teacher Sarah Woolard.

Woolard and students said in such a short time the program has come a long way. Principal Brian Hoelscher agrees.

"Just last year she began the program with a few one act plays, just to try and get things started. This year it was a huge production, very well produced. The kids did a great job of acting in it. I mean, it looks like we've been doing this forever," said Hoelscher.

Students said they all appreciate her dedication in both the classroom and after-school activities, and add the grant will make a big difference.

"It helps with the scenery and the paint, all of the paint for the background. She could buy costumes for the different people so they look nice for the plays," said 5th grade student Noah Frye.

With their most recent production behind them and a financial gift like this one, students said the next show will be worth seeing.