The Elizabeth Starr Academy, which I visited for Author Day along with Josh Brown, Diana Medler, Randy Wisehart, and Natalie Goeke Proudfoot, has created a “Discovery Zone”: a micro-society with officers, a common council, and micro “businesses” that teach students “how to be successful in the real world.”
In October 2010, Wooldridge and Wicked Jack illustrator Will Hillenbrand collaborated with Evelien Woolard, principal flutist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, to create a multi-media telling of the Halloween picture book, Wicked Jack. Performed for 400 5th-graders and featuring narration by Wooldridge, animation by Hillenbrand, and a score performed by a woodwind quintet, the program celebrated the union of visual art, literature and music. Students were invited to ask questions following the performance. The program, which was sponsored by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and endowed by a grants from the Wayne County Foundation and Whitewater Valley REMC was presented again in October 2011.