Fifth and eighth eighth graders and selected high school students were honored and enriched to be part of the Jan. 25 presentation of “The Children of Willesden Lane” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The story of teen piano prodigy Lisa Jura who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport to England is told by Lisa’s daughter, Mona Golabek. Through narration, music, and images, Mona captivated the students with her presentation. Our students were excellent audience members and posed engaging questions at the end of the program.

The event was part of the community-wide read of the book of the same name by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Students participated in the read thanks to the generous book donation by the Longview (noon) Rotary Club. Student tickets for the performances were courtesy of the Theatre Guild. The district is grateful to the Columbia Theatre and all community partners who helped make this special event possible for our students.