2007-03-30 / Community

'Desperate Housewife' Star Speaks To Students

It does not make a difference whether you plan on making a living by blowing through a trumpet or by blowing glass," television and movie star Alfre Woodard explained to a small audience of Channel View, Beach Channel and Scholars students. "Each of you will benefit from a broad college education that is firmly grounded in the classics."

Woodard recounted the formative experiences of her growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the audience which included Region Five Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Deputy Superintendent Steven Mittman, Local Instructional Superintendent, Roz German, and Channel View School for Research Principal, Patricia J. Tubridy.

"I did not act until I was in high school. When I was younger, I used to get such stage fright when it was my turn to give an Easter speech, that I even forgot who rose from the dead," the star said.

Some of her film and TV credits include Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue, Love and Basketball, The Core, Crooklyn and Miss Evers' Boys.

Woodard not only entertained the audience, she also offered instructive advice. She spoke about not polluting one's body with drugs, and when she revealed her age of 54, one of the students called out to her, "You look good, girl!"

Later on, in reference to this remark, Dr. Cashin addressed the students. "Look how beautiful someone can be from the inside and the outside when they respect the temple [their body]."

Woodard departed to a standing ovation. As she left, students were in awe of her enthusiasm, her wisdom and her message that emphasized reading, education and moral responsibility.

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