Testimonials

Mother's video testimonial, Glenwood Elementary School, Millburn, NJ

Alpha Public School teacher's comments:

  • 100% of the teachers would recommend assembly.

  • As a teacher I loved it!! 

  • Perfect, no changes needed. 

  • Presenter was excellent and engaged the students.

  • Speaker had great topics & great coping skills to offer the kids.

Alpha Public School PTA President:

​Thank you again for an amazing program you put on yesterday! I was truly impressed with how engaged the kids were! I spoke to a teacher at the end of the day and she commented on how much your program helped her personally...she LOVED everything about the program!  I had taken my daughter to McDonald's for lunch after school and two other kids from her class were there. As they were talking, I overheard one of the girl’s comment "I think he's listening to Red Rant. I'm going to listen to Green Glory and do this!" Now, I don't know what she was trying to do, but I was really impressed that she carried the lesson over, out of school, and incorporated it. Thought you might want to know that! Thank you again so much for coming out to our school!  Tammy McGee

Student comments (YMCA After-care workshop):

  • I loved going to class.  Thank you for teaching me!!!!

  • I really liked the role plays and I enjoyed telephone game.

  • Thank you for teaching character u ms. Gretchen.  Good job!!

  • I had a lot of fun in your class. 

  • I think you are really nice and I love Character U.

  • I love this learning class.  Learning new things every Thursday.

  • Thank you Ms. Gretchen for teaching character U.  Good job!

  • I love going here. It's so fun and learning about The 12 Cs was just so fun.

  • I had fun learning about The 12 Cs with Ms. Gretchen

  • I'm gonna miss you!  I love you!  I wish you didn't leave!  I want more time with you!!  And thank you for being an awesome teacher, Ms. Gretchen. 

  • I love your class. It was so great!  I hope you  had the best time.

  • I really liked this class (best class ever!)

Whitney Green, School Counselor, CMIT Elementary School, Laurel, MD

I want to thank you deeply for your kindness and the invaluable work you continue to do on behalf of our next generation.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful book, ideas, energy and philosophy!  I am particularly grateful for anyone willing to offer themselves to our youth, as it is tireless work to be there for them and support them, all in an attempt to shape and promote the best generation yet! I THANK YOU, for all you continue to do in that.

Khadija Bowen, PTO President, CMIT Elementary School, Laurel, MD​

Thank you!  I will absolutely share your assembly information because it would be a great add-on to the guidance counselors’ curriculum when they are promoting the character education and anti-bullying.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights!

Dawn Filippone - PTA Chair at Intervale Elementary School,  Boonton, NJ​

Everyone loved your show! I heard nothing but positive feedback from all whole attended! Thanks again for everything!

Annette Golub - PTO President at Jones Lane Elementary School,  Darnestown, Maryland​

Thank you again for a wonderful assembly last Friday! The kids really enjoyed it and I got such positive feedback from the teachers.  The school counselor specifically was very excited to hear your message, she told me that she tries to teach them these concepts all the time and that to hear it reinforced by someone else was fantastic.

 

Finally, I wanted to share a little story.  My parents were in town last week, visiting from Boston. My boys and I were telling them about the assembly and my dad was just over the moon about your book and the concepts it is teaching.  He wants his own copy and he is determined to go back to Boston and share it with others.  He couldn't stop talking about it!

I just thought that I would provide you with some positive feedback about the great work that you are doing here at South Mountain School.  We had a parent of a Kindergartner and 3rd grader come in today and let us know that the kids come home each day and want to talk about the 12 Cs, and they use all of the handouts and updates to lead the discussions at the dinner table.  They are very impressed, and hope that this good work continues...

Scott Wolfe, Principal of South Mountain Elementary School, School workshop & assembly

Millburn, NJ

I hear the kids and teachers talking about the characters in the book and assembly around the school!  Thank you so much for presenting your very important message about positive self-talk.

Social Worker Hazelwood and Watchung Elementary, School Assembly

Middlesex, NJ

I thought the assembly was received well by both students and staff! I got a lot of positive feedback from staff regarding the message behind your presentation and how you presented key elements of living a happy, healthy life relevant to students.  The students LOVED when you did the cartwheel and walked on your hands. Thanks again for a great assembly!

Jamie Zieder, Social Worker Emma Arleth Elementary, School Assembly

Sayserville, NJ

Joyce and I just did the Character U series and it was terrific. It gives a series of skills and vocabulary to help children and parents navigate that line between hovering (bad but easy!) and helping (good but harder!) by giving emotional tools on how to pay attention to mindset and other coping strategies. I spend a lot of time talking to Joyce about math and reading but not enough on emotional stuff, partly because I felt less prepared on this variable. 

Marrianne Lloyd, Parent-child workshop

South Orange, NJ

The workshop has had such a positive impact on my kids! It's a great way for us to start from a positive place when we are working through whatever is going on! It helps me stay positive too! It has really opened up the conversation with our family. I highly recommend this book and workshop. My 6 year old twins and almost 9 year did this. Green Glory is not just a household name. My kids talk about him like he's a member of the family - which is something to say!  The book can be read over and over, especially when an issue comes up. It's like a reference book or self-help for kids!  My son, Luke, was saying some not so nice things at his baseball game and using the language from the book really helped improve his behavior.

Leanna Pawlus, Mother of 3 children, Parent-child workshop

South Orange, NJ

I just wanted to say “thank you” for your in-service today. It was EXCELLENT! My staff definitely felt like they learned some new tips and words to use in their classrooms.

Randi Freed Cohen, M.S.S., Preschool at Temple Beth Shalom - Parent workshop

Livingston, NJ

I want to thank you for a wonderful session! My girls really enjoyed it & look forward to going back for more! I also have to tell you that the following morning was a yell-free one, our mornings are usually hectic because they move at a snail's pace, which stresses me out & causes them to whine & complain. But I just had to remind them of Red Rant & Green Glory, which made them reflect & do the right thing! It was great!

Teresa Vicentte, Mother of 2 children, Parent-child workshop

West Orange, NJ

Lucas and I just wrapped up a 6-week workshop (every Monday night) on the 12 Cs to life, which is meant to give kids a toolbox full of ways to deal with the ups and downs of life. The workshop was created and led by the South Orange based Gretchen Burman, author of The Adventures of Ooga and Zeeta, who is also a mother of two herself. The workshop was full of relatable stories and fun activities like role-playing, arts/crafts, games & music. We can’t stop the challenges of life but we can help our children learn the life tools to succeed and thrive... I highly recommend the workshop. Plus, we made new friends!

Caroline Gosselin, Mother of 1 child, Parent-child workshop

Maplewood, NJ

So the COOLEST thing happened today!!  I met the amazing Gretchen Burman a Brilliant children's author. We picked up her book "The Adventures of Ooga and Zeeta" at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago. This great book has become a wonderful empowerment tool of personal development for my 3 children. It discusses the issues of confidence, courage, compassion, just to name a few. A great help in raising strong, kind, hardworking children who will hopefully, find their purpose and become good citizens of the world. I strongly recommend you pick up this book for your kids or any kid you care about this Holiday season!!

Fairouz Rahal-Hunter, Mother of 3 children

West Caldwell, NJ

He loves The 12 Cs and talks about you all the time. You really made an impression on him. Every night he reads your book.  Andrew got so much out of your life skills lessons at camp. He talks about "Green Glory and Red Rant" and knows what they mean. His new book is a prized possession. Thank you for being so generous and sharing it with the kids! This kid LOVES you!

Michele Littman, Mother of 2 children, Camp workshop

Livingston, NJ

Thank you for making a positive difference in my son’s life!

Berylin Bosselman, Mother of 4 children, School workshop

Millburn, NJ

Shaya has been teaching her siblings about the characters and has been acting out role play with them, it's wonderful!  She doesn't want the workshop to ever end!!

Rachel Z., Mother of 4 children, Parent-child workshop

South Orange, NJ

The girls loved having you as an interactive guest.  They had a great time sharing their feelings open and honestly.  Shaking off, or actually dancing away scared feelings focus on how to manage emotions.  These are great methods for dealing with peer pressure and bullying.  Your lessons are empowering because your book takes the discussion one step further.  Knowing that you can take control of your feelings when they are negative and make them positive is the best lesson that can be learned.

Liza Smith, Mother of 2 children

South Orange, NJ

It's a book that can be read over and over, especially when an issue comes up. It's like a reference book or self-help for kids!  My son, Luke, was saying some not so nice things at his baseball game and using the language from the book really helped improve his behavior.

Leanna Pawlus, Mother of 3 children

South Orange, NJ

Thank you for providing my daughter with tools to use throughout her life.  Laura has always had self-control issues, sort of her Achilles heel, but she works through them much better now.

Jenny, Mother of 2 children

South Orange, NJ

The book will be great for discussions of things happening in their lives. For example, "Are you going to listen to Green Glory or Red Rant?"  My children said this to me today…
Daughter: “You listened to Red Rant! “
Son: “My friend at school listened to Red Rant today, too.”
It’s a very good tangible way to think about our inner voice.  This stuff is really resonating with them!

Christine Houseworth, Mother of 2 children

South Orange, NJ

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