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?
Full day (5 shows): $3,500
Half day: $2,500
*Each show ideally has 2 classrooms (of similar age), with a maximum of five classrooms. The smaller the group, the better the experience!
We encourage all schools to contact us with your specific needs, regardless of rates. Let’s work together to make sure your kids get the shows they need.
Luckily, Vermont COVID Education Recovery Funds are now available, and our Worry/Anxiety program meets the AOE focus area of mental health and well-being.
We encourage every school interested in in a PiE program to reach out to us, regardless of ability to pay. Subsidized, sponsored, or grant-funded shows may be available in your area.
- What topics are available this year?
Virtual live programs (available all year)
- Worry/Anxiety Puppet Program (K-4)
- Kindness Puppet Program (K-4)
- Stress/Anxiety Middle School Workshop (5-8)
In-Person programs (hopefully starting in April 2022)
- Worry/Anxiety puppet program (K-4)
- Kindness (adapted Bullying Prevention) puppet program (K-4)
- Anxiety/Stress workshop (5-8)
- 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).
- Virtual programming doesn’t sound as engaging as live programming. Tell me more.
“You did very well having different sections of the presentation including active engagement. This worked well as a zoom. Well done figuring out how to do that.” – Teacher
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. 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?
PiE uses a Zoom platform only. 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 30-45 minutes for Grades PK-4 and 45-60 minutes 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