Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I schedule a program?
Puppets are HERE FOR YOU this year! You are our HEROES and we would love to support your teachers and students. It may look a little different, but we are all getting good at flexibility.
2. How much does a program cost in Vermont? Are there discounts?
As of May 2021, the cost for a full day of programming (five shows) is $3,500. Luckily, Vermont COVID Education Recovery Funds are now available, and our Worry/Anxiety presented meets the AOE focus area of mental health and well-being. We are able to invoice you now for your Fall show date.
We encourage every school that is interested in having the puppets visit their school to reach out to us, regardless of cost. Subsidized, sponsored, or grant-funded shows may be available in your area. We encourage you to contact us with your unique requirements.
- What topics are available this year?
For the 2021-2022 school year, we are offering in-person (if we are safely able to do this) and virtual presentations for your school. Please visit the Topics and Workshops page for program information.
- What is your Anxiety Virtual Program like?
Never fear, puppets and students will still be able to interact—this is the core of our program. We combine live and professionally recorded portions of our show. We are able to connect to your students on Zoom. We are willing to work with you on group sizes, configurations (at home, in school). The name of the game is flexibility, and we want to meet your needs!
- Virtual programming doesn’t sound as engaging as live programming. Tell me more.
We love performing live! But, as you know, we all need to be smart and safe during the pandemic. The topics we have chosen for this school year are critical for students’ well-being. So, even though we are not live, this is a way for them to learn and discuss social and emotional issues in an engaging way. Plus, this supports our already overloaded teachers and counselors. You are our HEROES! Children really light up and are eager to talk to our puppets. They can also email the puppets after the show for an added layer of support.
- What days you are available to perform?
- What do you need from us in terms of tech?
We hope that you use either Zoom or Google Meets. If you use a different platform, give us a little time to learn it . Please have a tech person on hand the day of the show in case there are any issues on your end.
- How shall we group the students?
We recommend scheduling program with students no more than 3 grades apart (PK-1, K-2, 3-4), our programs are developmentally geared for certain grade levels. We have an opportunity for 10-15 questions/answers with the puppets, so the smaller the audience, the better chance a student has to connect personally with a puppet. We can do up to five shows in one day.
- What does a typical program schedule look like?
Virtual programs are 35-45 minutes and we like at least 15 minutes between to reset. If you schedule programs every hour, that works for us. We can do up to five shows in one day. We are very flexible and can work with your needs.
In-person presentations are 50 minutes for Grades PK-4 and 1 hour for Grades 5-8.
- I would like to sponsor a puppet show for a local school, who do I talk to?
Thank you! Schools have a high need for the programs, but lack the funding. Make a difference for your school. Please contact Sarah Vogelsang-Card to inquire about school presentation sponsorship.
- What supplemental resources do you have for teachers?
- What supplemental resources do you have for parents?
With each scheduled program we provide resources for parents to “Keep the Conversation Going” at home.
- How can I support the puppets?
You can make a financial contribution, or contribute your time. Contact us here.
- Can my student write to the puppets?
Yes! They always write back! Puppets@vtfn.org