Jack Black To Ride Rose Parade Float Honoring Teachers

By Whitney Levine

Jack Black and Debbie Devine

Jack Black with his former teacher, Debbie Devine.

On Jan. 1, actor Jack Black will join his former teacher, Debbie Devine, atop the Farmers Insurance float in that favorite among New Years Los Angeles events, The Rose Parade.

The “Dream Big: World of Possibility” float is designed to honor teachers nationwide for their hard work. Black and Devine will be joined by five winners of the Farmers’ Thank A Million Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Launched by the insurance company in 2014, Thank A Million Teachers invited America to say thank you to teachers across the country for their dedication in inspiring students. Teachers nationwide submitted proposals, and the five winning teachers will also receive grants of $100,000 each to help them turn their educational dreams into reality. In helping Farmers launch the program, Black offered the first thank you to Devine, sharing the profound impact she had on his life.

Farmers Insurance and Jack Black are supporters of 24th STreet Theatre, where Devine is now artistic director. More than 90 schools in the Burbank, Compton, Culver City, and Los Angeles school districts participate in 24th STreet programs. 24th STreet also offers free daily after-school theater classes (“After Cool”), assisting neighborhood kids with language development, effective communication skills and building self-confidence.

Located at 1117 West 24th St., Los Angeles, 24th STreet Theatre serves more than 15,000 people annually with a mission to engage, educate, and provoke its community with an array of artistic programming. For more information, call 213-745-6516, or visit www.24thstreet.org.

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