Five seniors from
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts recently had the opportunity of a lifetime. They, along with hundreds of students from North Carolina to the Florida Keys, were participants in the Southeastern Peace Jam Leadership Conference at Florida State University. The highlight of the event was meeting with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams.
Jody won the prize in 1997 in recognition for her efforts in leading the International Coalition to Ban Landmines, which convinced more than 1,000 non-governmental organizations from 60-plus countries to support their campaign and resulted in the legislation of the Ottawa Treaty, which successfully banned antipersonnel landmines in many countries. Currently, Jody serves as the president of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and travels around the world to spread her message on equal rights and social justice for all.
The Douglas Anderson students are all part of the Issues-Based Theatre class taught by Ms. Bonnie Harrison. Open to all majors at the school, the focus of the class is to bring attention to issues that face students today. The students tour elementary and middle schools with a show that addresses such issues as bullying, drugs and healthy choices. By using theatre as a vehicle, the students are able to get their message across to the younger students in a fun and creative way. The Issues-Based Theatre students can share their passion for the arts and help the community.
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