School as a Reality Show

By Nora Carr

American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert has a message for kids: Being different is OK.

A drama department standout in high school who credits understanding teachers for encouraging his talent and unique style, Lambert chose his alma mater, Mount Carmel High School, as the site for his hometown concert.

For Mount Carmel and the Poway Unified School District near San Diego, hosting Lambert and America’s most popular television show was worth the effort.

“During difficult times, it was fun to have something to celebrate,” says Sharon Raffer, communications director. “The staff at the school was ecstatic, and Adam’s message about the importance of being involved in activities was a great message for kids.”

For other school districts, involvement with reality television shows hasn’t always been positive, however.

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