A standing-room only crowd of parents, family members and friends packed the Buder cafeteria one recent evening to watch 57 second graders put on a very entertaining performance entitled, "Together We Will Build This House." Miss Wallace and Mrs. Farrington"s students were demonstrating the new acting skills they learned by participating in a series of workshops presented by visiting Teaching Artist Alissa Rowan of Springboard.
The second grade students prepared for their stage performance by participating in From Story to Stage, a 13 week Springboard residency funded by the District. Using the actor’s tools of the body, the voice and the imagination, Ms. Wallace and Ms. Farrington"s students were transformed into characters and brought the story to life. “Together We Will Build This House” was written by Springboard Teaching Artist Alissa Rowan, and based loosely on the Norwegian folktale of the Ram and the Pig.
By working together the animals in the play shared their special gifts and save themselves from the bobcats. Under the direction of Rowan, students at Buder practiced positive character education principles by becoming the characters and working with their classmates to act out the story. Springboard provides “hands-on” programs and “minds-on” learning for students in the St. Louis region and beyond. Their continued partnership with SLPS provides curriculum connections and reaches all types of learners.