Actor Jack Black will be joined by his former teacher and 24th Street Theatre’s artistic director, Debbie Devine, at this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena. They will be riding the Farmers Insurance float honoring teachers.
The float is titled “Dream Big: World of Possibility” and honors teachers across the country who inspire students on a daily basis, according to 24th Street Theatre spokespeople.
Black and Devine will be joined by the five winners of Farmers Insurance’s Thank A Million Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge in a symbolic culmination of the insurer’s inaugural Thank A Million Teachers program.
Farmers Insurance launched the program earlier this year and committed up to $1 million in funding educators for 2014. Black helped Farmers Insurance launch the program by offering the first thank you to his former teacher at 24th Street Theatre, Devine.
Black can currently be seen at the theater in an interactive video created as part of the company’s Enter Stage Right, a field trip program for schools that use theater to teach math, history and language arts.
Over 90 schools in four school districts, including Burbank, Compton, Culver City and Los Angeles, have been scheduled to attend. Farmers Insurance funded a DVD version that has been distributed to more than 60,000 classrooms in 29 states. Other arts education programming at 24th Street includes daily, free after-school theater classes that assist kids with language development, effective communication skills and building self-confidence.
The 24th Street Theatre serves over 15,000 people annually: 9,000 children and youth, and 6,000 adults, the majority of whom are low-income. For more information, call (213)745-6516 or go to www.24thstreet.org.
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