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Letter to the Editor: Generous donor

To the editor:

Last week, the TDWHS Drama Department received an anonymous donation of $2,500.

First and foremost, on behalf of the entire department, we would like to extend our gratitude to whoever made this generous donation. It is inspiring to be reminded that members of the community support art programs for young people so strongly.

As all of our funding is interdepartmentally generated through fundraising and ticket sales, donations of this nature are not only a representation of the value that the community attributes to our department, but they are also vitally needed.

We are currently in rehearsals for “Working,” our spring musical, and additional funding is extremely beneficial. Due to the deterioration of the ceiling in the high school auditorium, we have been forced to change venues, thus incurring additional expenses. The ceiling repair is under way and rapidly progressing; however, it looks as if the change of venue is to remain in effect — we will be relocating to the Wahtonka campus stage.

Just as this substantial donation will enable us to produce more professional work, other more modest gestures of support are similarly instrumental in creating quality theatrical art for the benefit of the entire community, and so we encourage all community members to attend TDWHS Drama Department productions.

The theatrical arts are an indispensible commodity that, in today’s technological age, is unfortunately growing obsolete. Therefore, community support — both monetary and otherwise — is paramount.

As members of the drama department, we put on shows for others, not for ourselves. So, in essence, this $2,500 is not going to the department — it is going back to the community.

We therefore extend our gratitude to this anonymous donor on behalf of the community, as arts enrichment in our city remains as important as ever.

We cannot stress enough the enormous impact this money is going to make on our department’s future endeavors, nor can we overemphasize our appreciation for this display of generosity. Thank you.

Jordan Palmer,

TDWHS Drama Dept. president

Ema Erikson,

TDWHS Drama Dept. vice-president

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