Gladys Pope reflects on education, arts and more
URBANA — Gladys Pope can barely go anywhere in Champaign-Urbana without running into a former student from Leal Elementary School.
"They'll say, Remember me? I sang in this play, or I danced in that one," said the retired teacher, who was known for putting on elaborate productions for the school and community, including her take on "Stone Soup," which raised close to $10,000 for the Times Center of Champaign.
Tonight, Pope will be one of five women honored at the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois' 23rd annual Women of Distinction award celebration. On the eve of the banquet, the 73-year-old Urbana woman talked about facing discrimination, being a foster parent, her obsession with Thin Mints and much more.