The cost of sending 43 students and three chaperones to see The Color Purple on Broadway is $1506, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
I am an English teacher in a large, overcrowded public high school in Manhattan. My school is composed solely of low-income, minority students who travel mostly from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem into a business-oriented neighborhood of Manhattan everyday to come to school. Although students find themselves in Manhattan everyday, they seldom, if ever, are afforded the opportunity of experiencing the wealth of culture that Manhattan has to offer. In my two senior English classes, most students have never been taken on a class trip during their high school experience. In a school where the drop-out rate is composed of nearly half of the student population, the pressures to give up on high school and college are enormous. Working in my school for the past seven years, it has been my experience that students who make it to their senior year of high school are among the most motivated and deserving students in this large city. Against all odds, these students show their commitment to their education everyday. In their last year of high school, I only hope to give them a chance to witness firsthand some of the beauty Manhattan has to offer. When I read that The Color Purple was coming to Broadway this year, I knew that seeing this performance would be an experience my students would never forget. Since completing the book in class this month, students are still raving about the experience of reading a novel with which they can identify, a story about a community of people who struggle due to the inequities of society. The opportunity of seeing this work of literature performed live on Broadway is one for which my students have very little hope due to lack of financial resources. It would be an amazing event to take my seniors to see a performance of such a beloved book and to witness their first Broadway experience ever! After surviving most of high school in a battleground, my students have really earned the chance to experience the beauty and poignancy of The Color Purple. Unfortunately, Broadway does not come cheaply. In one of the most meaningful scenes of the novel, Shug and Celie are walking through the field of purple flowers and Shug says, "I think it pisses God off if we walk past the color purple and don't see it." It would be a tragedy if The Color Purple passed us by without anyone ever noticing the beauty and potential of my students.
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Broadway Theatre at 53rd Street
(Tickets for The Color Purple on Broadway)
|43 students and 3 teachers||$1,207.50|
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