"I can honestly say that Secrets of the Heart is the best performing arts program for our kindergarten students that I have ever seen in my 37 years in public education. The programs have been so successful that we are trying to expand into grades 2 and 3. Dream A World Education is changing lives in Wiseburn and helping to establish an "Arts Renaissance" in our community that is universally embraced."
Our Kindergarteners are still singing "I am blessed, I am thankful..." and we agree that we are so thankful for the six-week residency of "Secrets of the Heart" at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School! Teachers and parents are thrilled at the positive impact of the work of your artist team on every Kindergarten child. Even our special needs students have become successful "Young Masters" as you saw them lead the Young Masters pledge or participate without the aid of their one-on-one assistants. Our PTA voted unanimously to pay for "Passports to the Heart" to extend "Secrets of the Heart with monthly assemblies and character themes through the rest of the school year.
“The six-week Secrets of the Heart residency program was a complete success at Grant Elementary. Among other things it introduced 85 kindergarten students to an array of artistic expression that taught them how to think about themselves and each other in a new way, and through a series of 24 workshops in the arts taught to them the principles of living. I am confident that the newly acquired skills will help them become better human beings.”
“Beginning with a six-week residency now continuing with once-monthly lessons and presentations, 72 Kindergarten and First Grade students have been the recipients of wonderful memories that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives....Bunny Hull has assembled a cast of artist for this program that exceeded even my highest expectations. My parents cannot stop raving about the program...I cannot praise this program enough.”
“I underestimated the impact the program [Secrets of the Heart] would have on both the students and their teachers...Their self-confidence was evident and their English language skills were boosted. Students are better for having known you and your colleagues. The [arts] curriculum which includes vocabulary development, oral language development, listening and speaking skills in addition to following directions is exactly the prescription for study. The program brought something so special to Selma. It fundamentally changed the way the children saw themselves. We expect to have this program here for years to come.”
“Through her Secrets of the Heart and Dream A World artist-in-residency series, Bunny has designed programs that are focused on authentic arts experiences for students that are tied to overarching enduring understandings. This is a powerful way to frame learning for children through themes such as Friendship, Courage, Truth and Kindness that connect across curriculum areas and into a student's personal life experiences. Bunny provides a program that brings the arts to life and makes it relevant for all learners and the inherent joy in her programs is tangible to students.”
"Secrets of the Heart" has been a game-changer at both schools I've served as principal. By engaging all of a school's Kindergarten students in sequential arts education which nurtures their self-identity, the program's impact actually influences school culture. In moving from one inner-city public school to another, I ensured that "Secrets of the Heart" be part of the first semester of curricular instruction for our Kindergarten students because I saw its potential to help me turn around a struggling school. As I'd seen in my previous school, I observed the Kindergarten students becoming more confident and connected to one another and to their new school as they worked through the sequential lessons and activities of "Secrets of the Heart."
"As a teacher, principal, and now as superintendent I have seen many enrichment programs through the years. I have to give Secrets of the Heart the highest praise for the professionalism of their staff, the quality of the curriculum and the impact on our students. Not only does this program build confidence, it builds character all the while the students are genuinely having fun. I look forward to a long relationship between the Hawthorne School District and Secrets of the Heart."
"Dream A World Education has led the way for Hawthorne Schools to bring music, dance, visual and performing art into classrooms; in a way that we haven't experienced in my 17 years in the Hawthorne School District...They provided us with what we were missing; a meaningful, structured, parent and community friendly program involving all of the arts; that our students and teachers absolutely love. The highly trained staff from Dream A World Education bring vision, quality and experience to the program that allow students to excel and perform like professionals!"
"Professionalism shines through at all levels of this organization. The communication I have had with Bunny Hull and her staff has always been effective, collaborative and prompt. As a principal I have a lot on my plate and the Secrets of the Heart staff have been a dream to work with. Each teaching artist is a master at her respective craft and the passion for children shines through in each and every interaction. The entire layout of this program is well through out from scheduling to curriculum."