RSS Compassion Project:
A small group of high school students have taken on a big project. Thomas Feeney, long time Renaissance community member and dedicated RSS supporting/substitute teacher was recently diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Students in our Compassion Project class have been researching what this diagnoses means and ways in which we can impact Thomas's world in a positive way. Yesterday, community member Rita Klement came into share her personal story with cancer. The discussion was very candid and impactful. This will help us, help Thomas...as the first step towards designing anything successfully is looking at the problem through a lens of empathy. Look for more information (coming soon) about our drive to support Thomas and his family in his recovery.
Student Written/Directed One-Acts:
Students had the opportunity to have a fantastically informative discussion with published author (and RSS parent) Jana Zinser. Zinser was able to paint a picture (for our class) of an author's process and gave us insider tips about marketing/preparing those works for real world scenarios (like publishing houses and Hollywood executives). The discussion allowed students to reflect on character and plot development, alongwith the pitfalls common among new and developed writers. The discussion even prompted students who were unsure of writing a one act to try it out! I'm excited to see the impact of Zinser's expertise in our finished products. You may see some of them on the RSS stage this December!