On Thursday March 29th, the fantastic world of Jim Henson and the Muppets came to Passages Academy’s library at Crossroads. Ms. Bonnie Erickson, Executive Director of The Jim Henson Legacy, came to speak with the high school and middle school girls about her experiences in advertising and television. In her conversation with the girls, she answered questions and spoke about how she came to work with Jim Henson on some of his early projects in the 1970’s. She shared about how important it is for an individual to follow her dreams and find something that she loves, and to stick with it.
Prior to Ms. Erickson’s visit, the girls had the opportunity to create puppets of their own using an idea from the book 10 Minute Puppets by Noel MacNeal. During the visit the girls were invited to use their puppets and puppeteer along with a scene from “The Muppet Show”. Ms. Erickson and The Jim Henson Legacy donated puppet kits that the girls will be able to use to build and write scripts for May’s upcoming visit from Leslie Carrara-Rudloph, the puppeteer of popular Sesame Street character Abby Cadabby.
Ms. Erickson was very excited and inspired by the dedicated staff of Crossroads, and the work that is done with the students. She is looking forward to coming back to work with the students again. -- Mike Lopez
Guest blogger Mike Lopez currently teaches ELA at Passages Academy's Crossroads site and is busy organizing many future programs for our students.