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A Very Special After-School Class

By: Natalie Goodnow, Artistic Associate

Monday was a very special after school class for TAP Teaching Artist Lillie Hollingsworth.

The after school program coordinator at Lillie’s campus interrupted her class Monday afternoon and asked her to come to the office for a bit. I was asked if I would mind watching her class for a little while, since I was there “observing”.  We were all seated on the cafeteria stage, taking a quick game break between rehearsals of the students’ play, so I assured Lillie that I’d keep the game going until she got back.  Lillie was quite confused, as this was really very unusual, and even worried she was in trouble, but little did she know…

When she returned to her class, Lillie’s kindergarten and first-grade students were seated criss-cross trying their very best to hide the roses behind their backs, and even harder to hide the grins on their faces.

“Miss Lillie,” I told her, “your class has a very special message for you from Will.”

The class extended the roses to Miss Lillie and chimed “Will you marry me?”

Out popped boyfriend Will Oram from backstage, with, yes, the ring.  He kneeled down, trembling just a bit, and Lillie exploded into tears and smiles.  And yes, she said “Yes!”

The students couldn’t contain themselves, jumping up and down, rushing to Miss Lillie to hand her her roses, throwing petals in the air, shouting “Hip hip hooray!” and “Happy Married Day!”

One student asked, “Do we have to call you Mrs. Will now?”

Congratulations, Lillie and Will! We’re so, so, so happy for you, and so happy to have you here as part of the TAP family.  Thank you for letting us be a part of this special day!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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