I originally got involved with Puppets in Education when my now 27 year old daughter was in Kindergarten! I was amazed by the questions her classmates (and their parents!) asked. I remember sitting on a bus during a field trip when another mother asked me if my daughter, who used a walker, ever liked to go to birthday parties. (I was inwardly surprised by the query. I mean, what child doesn't?) My daughter was my original inspiration but as I worked for and with Puppets in Education, I heard many such stories.
The most powerful one I heard was from one of our high school volunteer puppeteers. When asked about her motivation for getting involved with the group, her response was, "I was in grade school when I first heard the puppet, Joanne, talking about an incident of sexual abuse that happened to her. I, as well as my best friend, had had the same kinds of experiences the puppet was talking about and we just thought that's what happened to kids. It wasn't until the puppet presentation at my school that I realized my experience wasn't what was SUPPOSED to happen to children." After many years of therapy, here was a young woman courageous enough to share her story with others and help other children learn what she had from the puppets.
These puppets are powerful and change children's lives!
The presentations Kids on the Block-VT now Puppets in Education did for my child's school changed his life. He was so awestruck with the puppets and how they were able to communicate his own struggles allowed a new empathy to take hold with his class. His classmates now want to talk to him about his condition of living in a wheelchair and they don't fear the difference. He is now invited to birthday parties and he is happier than ever! Thank you Puppets.
Review from Guidestar