2008-05-15 / Other News

Students Show Communities Come Together 'No Matter What'

By Dara Mormile

By Dara Mormile

Students move along the stage, simulating the storm which reportedly killed nearly 2,000 people.Students move along the stage, simulating the storm which reportedly killed nearly 2,000 people. Students at P.S. 114 put on a play demonstrating that no matter what, everyone is somehow affected by tragedy and communities find extraordinary ways of coming together.

Last Thursday's presentation by classes 303 and 307, entitled "No Matter What," was a heartfelt tribute to the victims and heroes of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in August 2005.

The play was part of the students' social studies curriculum and each scene interpreted events during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Third grade teachers Fran Cohen and Nicolette O'Neal asked students to choose a scene that best conveyed the idea of community members helping each other.

In addition to writing songs, students, teachers - and their family members - created various stage props and costumes to bring the play to life. Students from both classes said it was rewarding for them to work together and show what a community really is.

Kayla Worrell and Ricaldwens Jean Marie play news reporters who announce a hurricane made landfall in  New Orleans.Kayla Worrell and Ricaldwens Jean Marie play news reporters who announce a hurricane made landfall in New Orleans. "It was fun working with Ms. Cohen's class," said Amina Taylor. "I met new people and made new friends, so it really felt like a community."

Cohen said the students did an excellent job and she thanked third grade assistant principal Elizabeth Mitchell for inspiring the teachers to take on the project with their classes.


Students introduce the second scene of the play, "A Community Comes Together".Students introduce the second scene of the play, "A Community Comes Together".In Act II, "Tribute to Our Heroes," students dress up as first responders. (Above) Third grader portrays construction worker.In Act II, "Tribute to Our Heroes," students dress up as first responders. (Above) Third grader portrays construction worker.The entire cast sings the theme song, "No Matter What."The entire cast sings the theme song, "No Matter What."The play was coordinated by teachers Nicolette O'Neal and Fran Cohen.The play was coordinated by teachers Nicolette O'Neal and Fran Cohen.

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