PHS Teacher Awarded CCAC Grant

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Piggott PACE teacher Penney Toombs (back) is surrounded by some of her students, including from left: Kade Johnson, Emily Conley, Ava Baggett, Riley Gossett, Macey Powell, Jessie Henson and Londyn Morton (in front of Toombs).
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Learning need not be confined to the four walls of the standard classroom. Teachers know that, and many look to grants and sponsors to assist with the financial obligation of such endeavors. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Clay County Arts Council presented Piggott PACE teacher Penny Toombs with a check for $500. Toombs, who serves as PACE adviser for both Piggott Elementary School and Piggott High School, will apply the monies to the group's “Wicked” ticket fund.

Toombs applied for the CCAC Arts Inclusion Grant due to the fact her students are planning to attend a showing of the Broadway sensation, “Wicked.” The local students plan to see the performance on March 8, at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

“Students will think about situations in their own lives as they watch interactions and reactions on the Orpheum stage,” a CCAC spokesperson noted. “Children and teens, adults and seniors struggle with opposing personalities, and will recognize they are prone to jump to conclusions too quickly by observing only surface happenings. These critical thinking, propaganda, and creative thinking lessons come to life in the Land of OZ, before Dorothy, transported by a tornado, arrived there. In the musical, two young ladies, one with emerald-green skin, become friends until one is declared “good” and the other “wicked.”

Nearly 100 adults and students will have the opportunity, supported through the funds from the CCAC Arts Inclusion Grant. The grants are available to all high school teachers in Rector, Piggott and Corning, and teachers may collaborate on grant applications if they choose to do so.

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