Sartartia Middle School presented Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Jerome McDonaugh, at their campus in February and earned $1,888 from ticket sales. In their usual generous spirit, the theater decided to donate the proceeds to the Parks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization that serves at-risk and homeless youth by providing a safe, supportive and structured environment to address family situations.
“One of our goals this year was to use one of our plays as a fundraiser for charity,” said Megan Wallace, Sartartia Middle School Theatre Teacher. “When we learned about Parks Youth Ranch and their mission to help homeless teens, it just seemed to fit. In the play, Alice struggles with finding her way and finding herself; the kids at the Ranch are also struggling to find their way. We know from literature, Alice will find her way to the garden and emerges from her dream changed. We just hope that our contribution helps the kids at the Ranch do the same.”
The Parks Youth Ranch will apply the donation from Sartartia’s Theater Depart. to fund recreational outings and the purchase of sporting equipment, clothing and other personal items for the youth.
“The teenagers who come to the Center think they have no champions looking out for them,” said Linda Schulz, executive director of the Parks Youth Ranch, “but I have learned, as witnessed at the Sartartia play, that is not true. There is an army of people who care including kids their own age.”