SPIRIT SERIES began as a parent initiative.
Founded by a concerned father, the program depends upon support from parents and families for its success. Thousands of family members have attended their student’s finale performances. Parents regularly volunteer during the SERIES three-week residencies, whether working one-on-one with students on their lines in the classroom, at craft clinics, or dressing cast members on finale day.
“SPIRIT SERIES is profound!”
— Karen Shapiro, Parent, Village Glen West School
Parent-Teacher organizations (PTOs) often make crucial contributions to underwrite a portion of the program’s cost at their schools. And families, inspired by their student’s SPIRIT SERIES experience, are some of the most vocal advocates for the program’s renewal at partner schools each year. In fact, many of our school partners were first introduced to the SERIES by impassioned parents.
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- “It changed my life — Spirit Series!”Dominika Peikos7th Grade
- “The process was great! Working with my Writing Buddy really helped.”— Keiran Rao10th Grade, San Francisco CA
- It was an honor doing Spirit Series — I will remember it for the rest of my life!Maria Aguilar8th Grade
- “Exquisite… Vitally important… Extremely engaging and effective.”Harvard Graduate School of Education2011
- It's time we tend to the spirit of our children!Sonia MillerPrincipal, Samuel Gompers Middle School
- Spirit Series is one of the most amazing curricula I have seen in my four decades of public education.Janet ChapmanPrincipal, Rosewood Elementary School
- This program should be in every school across America!William Donovan6th Grade Parent