and Americans to Thank a Million Teachers
By Valerie Milano
West Hollywoods, CA (Hollywood Today) 12/27/13 - “Yea, absolutely all corporations should follow Farmers Insurance lead to help the future not only our country. I believe the children are the future and started with “Teach your children well your fathers help that you can live” by Crosby Still and Nash” said Jack Black regarding corporate America stepping up as charitable contributors.
Black has teamed up with Farmer’s Insurance to thank the educators who have made a difference in all our lives. The biggest lesson he got from Devine was, “You have to love what you do and the passion and love for your work should come first. She encouraged me. Don’t just be an actor, do some writing , do some directing or producing and have fun with the whole world of story telling.”
On December 23 at the beautiful Soho House West Hollywood, the public was offered the opportunity to make a New Years resolution to showcase their gratitude, beginning with Jack Black, who thanked his mentor and teacher, Debbie Devine, Artistic Director, 24th Street Theatre & Black’s former teacher.
Hollywood Today had a chance to spend a few minutes with Black, who continued, “like Lucille Ball would say – you may be treading water forever and straight back to the pizza delivery place. So whenever I hear people say “I wanna do what you do” I say, “get to writing songs, sketches or what stories you want to tell? Don’t just go be a puppet in someone else’s story, tell the stories you want to tell instead of waiting around for acting jobs.”
The event began, a bit late, with a continental breakfast. The microphone it seemed, wasn’t working so Black said jokingly “guess we have to start all over, can you re-roll the cameras? Time is money” then he starting whistling and singing I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” When it took a while to get repaired he said “Could someone go to Radio Shack?”, which got laughs throughout until things got rolling.
A video clip of children thanking their teachers was shown and Farmers then donated $1 million dollars to America’s classrooms to give back to our teachers through grants for their classrooms and show gratitude for the contributions.