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Tour Comments

Concord West Side Elementary
January 26, 2008

Thank you, Amish Acres, for an absolutely wonderful learning opportunity! The "being there" experience of attending live theater has proven to be much more than a "fun day away from school and a great meal." Rather, it has been a highly effective teaching tool. Our field trip to Amish Acres not only allowed my students to gain experience as well-mannered audience members, but more importantly provided them with real, engaged interaction with quality literature and professional actors. Some of my students had never seen live theater before, so the seeds of creativity and dreams of performing themselves one day were certainly planted via our visit to the Round Barn Theater. Being able to talk to the actors added much to the kids' experience - they were thrilled! Of course, every one of my students mentioned the delicious Little Thresher's lunch as a highlight as well. They didn't even mind using table manners!

I have taken groups of my 4th, 5th and 6th grade gifted/talented students to performances of Tom Sawyer and High School Musical. Both features provided wonderful lessons in language, expression, self-discipline, citizenship, interpreting literature, culture, and history. Back at school, the kids were able to extend their experience in writing, researching about related topics, reading, and also in content area connections. I couldn't have come close to wrapping all of that learning into one experience on my own. So, thank you for making the children's theater an affordable, meaningful resource for educators in our region. I would highly recommend it to teachers and students of all ages!

Gratefully,
Mrs. Tressa Decker
G/T Coordinator
Concord West Side Elementary
Elkhart, IN

Schmucker Middle School/8th Grade 10/05
"Thank you for allowing us to enter your scarecrow contest. We were extremely pleased to find out that we had won third place. Our field trip could not have been better. Everyone loved the musical Tom Sawyer in the Round Barn Theatre as well as how you displayed the various scarecrows."

Ligonier Elementary/2nd Grade 3/05
"...we will definitely be back!"

Triton Junior High 3/05
"A very enlightening experience for our students."

St. Johns School 3/05
The guides were very knowledgeable. Can't wait to come again!

Harless Homeschoolers 3/05
"It was an excellent experience!" (Charlotte's Web)

St. Thomas 12/04
"Wonderful show! The children really enjoyed Seussical! The staff was very helpful"

Studebaker Elementary 12/04
"Seussical the Musical was wonderful, well organized, delightful and student oriented."

Madison School
"Great Show (Charlotte's Web), we will soon be reading the novel. This year we only saw the show, but last year we also did the tour and ate sack lunches at Amish Acres. We saw various demonstrations. It was an awesome experience for all. We enjoy the presentation of Charlotte's Web very much each year."

Christian Homeschool
"We all really enjoyed the show (Charlotte's Web)! Over all everything was GREAT!"

Edgewood Elementary
"The meal was wonderful! My fifth grade class said that the play (Charlotte's Web) was very good. Over all everything was fantastic - we'll be back!"

Wakarusa Elementary
"The students and teachers enjoyed the meal! They were very complimentary when we got back from the trip. The group enjoyed the show (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) very much. Over all a good time was had by all. The teachers enjoyed it and have requested a return visit."

Concord High School
"We all thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. The Maple Syrup Tour was very interesting and informative. Our students learned more about the Amish culture. Please continue showing the films. The Hay Ride was the favorite part of the trip for the students. Our over all experience was very good. Your staff was very friendly and knowledgeable."

Fegley Middle School
"In the Restaurant we were very pleased with the service and food, a special thanks to the ladies for taking such good care of our group. The tour was very well done. The documentary film is an improvement over the "older" video. Over all every thing was very good."

Haverhill Elementary
"Restaurant had great service, great food and very well organized & efficient. The tour (Maple Syrup Tour) did a wonderful job of helping students understand the pioneer era. The hay wagon ride was very enjoyable and informative. Over all you did a wonderful job; the students learned so much and returned with some great memories to treasure!"

YMCA
"The restaurant was GREAT! The children loved our field trip. Overall everything was great."

Girl Scout Troop 112
"We did the Maple Syrup Tour. The girls liked the hay ride best. Overall everything was very nice, friendly guides. Everyone enjoyed the barn and house tour. The girls enjoyed the butter making and syrup making demonstrations."

Southwood Jr/Sr High
"Food was great, the kids loved it. They had fun on the Buggy Rides. The show (Plain and Fancy) was excellent - really enjoyed it."

Girl Scouts
"Very good food and service. Tour was excellent. We loved the Hay wagon Rides. The show (Plain and Fancy) was the best A+. Comments: Can not think of a thing. The actorswere wonderful with my troop after the play. Would like to commend them :)"

Goshen Middle School
"Excellent food! Staff was very hospitable to all of our needs. Show (Tom Sawyer) was good. Nice seats. Enjoyed being able to seat wheelchairs as part of a row. Overall: Very nice day. A relaxing field trip."

Lighthouse Academy
"Restaurant great service and food!, Theatre (Carnival!) everyone enjoyed the show! Over all: We had a great time!