WORCESTER, Mass. — On Dec. 19, the entire seventh grade from Grafton Middle School visited the Hanover Theatre in Worcester to watch a stage production of "A Christmas Carol."
The students read a dramatic adaptation of the Charles Dickens story in their English language arts classrooms and participated in discussions about the time period in which the story was written, the themes that are prominent in this story and the ways that the characters are developed throughout the play.
"The students and staff were especially impressed with the professionalism and spirit of the performance. We were all extremely grateful for the experience," said Ray Donohoe, who organized the trip with Karen Miele and Nancy Athanas.
Attending the performance brought those discussions to life and helped the students gain a deeper understanding of the text.
In addition to individual student fees, the trip was supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Additional support was provided by a Big Yellow School Bus grant.