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The Circus Barn, Inc.
September 27, 2010

We have had TWO Circus Smirkus residencies at our school in five years -- if that doesn't speak volumes about the quality of this program, I don't know what does! Circus Smirkus takes students to a whole new level of learning. We find that our students are actually more focussed in their classes during a two week residency in which they practice for up to 50 minutes every day. Teachers were at first worried about lost class time, but quickly discovered the time they had was more productive AND the opportunities for integrating circus arts into most areas of the curriculum were unlimited. The thrill of watching a child persevere at a skill until they are able to perform it in front of an enthusiastic audience is unmatched. I could go on for pages with accolades for this organization. We will book them again to work with our students!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our school with 80 students. Personnel from The Circus Barn in the person of Mr. Rick worked with our students over a two week period of time to produce a circus of extraordinary pizazz!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the extraordinary quality of Mr. Rick, the artist who works with our children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly skilled, compassionate and organized. This was a residency that practically ran itself.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help bring a very different form of learning into more schools around the country.

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted longer. I would seriously consider a much longer residency, perhaps booked in conjunction with a couple other schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding! The cost of a residency is a lot for most schools. Any help to allow them to reduce their fees so more schools could experience this incredible form of learning.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our students learned not only about circus arts, they also learned about the power they each hold within themselves to accomplish unbelievable things if they stick with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Principal of school that booked Circus Smirkus.