Students at the end of the Chemo Girl play.

Posted: October 17, 2016

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the CHS Advanced Drama Class production of Chemo Girl and Other Plays. Students had been working since the start of the school year in collaboration with the Leukemia and  Lymphoma Society and Compass Oncology to use the production as a fundraiser.

You might think that a play with the title “Chemo-Girl” isn’t the first place to go for a Hope & Joy story. In going to the show I didn’t even think about the possibility, but that’s the great thing about Hope & Joy, they sneak up on us if we’re open to them. It didn’t take me long to figure out the show was the perfect place to find Hope & Joy. It was wonderful to watch these students portray stories that captured the impact of cancer  in a way that demonstrated the fragility of life while emphasizing the power of relationships  and the strong bonds created by people when confronted with challenges. Mr. Kelly and his students are amazingly talented and provided the audience with great inspiration and appreciation for life.  They also raised $6,000 in funds to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mr. Kelly was also recognized for his leadership as an everyday hero!

Thanks to Mr. Kelly and his students for bring Hope & Joy into our world through your wonderful performance!

Here’s to the Hope & Joy you find this week!

Jeff Snell


Hope & Joy are intimately connected and are powerful gifts we can give our students, perhaps the most powerful! One of the very best parts of being involved in public education is the Hope & Joy students give us each and every day!  For the past couple of years, we’ve featured stories that highlight the Hope & Joy in our district.  Let me know if you have any story suggestions.  Thanks for helping us share the Hope & Joy each week!