While the eighth-graders had a good time, they got much more out of it than fun. McKinley Elementary principal Melody Dacey says the play gave students a reason to come to school every day, brought them together, boosted their self-esteem and improved their reading.
WVXU director Vickie Jones says the project was prompted by a $50,000 grant from the Dater Foundation. WVXU came up with the idea. Each student received a copy of the recording, and WVXU gave the school $500 for student activities as well.