During the Sunday Tony Awards ceremony, the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama club performed as their teacher watched from the audience.
“Next to the passing of my dear parents and in-laws, marrying the love of my life and the birth of my amazing sons and reuniting with my theater students, there has never been a more defining moment of my life,” said teacher Ms. Melody Herzfeld, accepting an award given each year to a K-12 teacher.
“All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will never be erased,” she said. “I remember on Feb. 7, in a circle with my students, encouraging them to be good to each other. And I remember only a week later, on Feb. 14, a perfect day, where all these lessons in my life and in their short lives would be called into action.”
“We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class,” she said.
Watch the students belt out an amazing rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent.