40 plays in 40 days

Posted on March 20, 2009 by

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Jared Schooley- Copy Editor

Since 1998, Lilly Endowment, Inc. has provided students across the state with significant scholarship opportunities. Chris Judson (English teacher) has spent over half of his twelve years at CHS applying for the Lilly Endowment’s highly competitive Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, which encourages teachers to utilize their summer for creative renewal projects.

This year, his wish came true, as his proposal was accepted among just over 100 applicants nationwide.

“This is my seventh time trying for this,” Judson said. “The grant is worth $8,000.”

The grant will fund his “40 Plays in 40 Days” program, in which he plans to travel across the country this summer to view all of William Shakespeare’s plays with his family. That means every play Shakespeare published, from “All’s Well That Ends Well” to “Winter’s Tale.”

Judson’s prior proposals have been extremely varied. He has proposed traveling to Philadelphia for the national chess tournament, obtaining his pilot’s license, visiting the city where Jack London wrote and traveling to Canada to examine the Inuit inuksuit landmarks. However, this proposal scored him the $8,000 grant and a chance to share a valuable experience with his family over the summer.

“The actual play-watching isn’t really important, though,” he said. “It’s what you’re left with. This is a chance to energize teachers. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”

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