Buzz from Administrators

“Outstanding assemblies appropriate to all grade levels. The students were mesmerized! The evening workshop with parents was fabulous! Many of the students shared their toys the next day with their classmates.” -Joy A. Lansdone, Principal, Glenwood Elementary, Lake Stevens

“The Family Night drew a large turnout of our highly capable families as well as our neighborhood ESL families. It was impressive to see the high interest, the enthusiasm and the cooperative spirit as families helped one another. As I walked amongst the tables, it was heartwarming to hear all the different languages spoken as families constructed their toys, passed out materials and played with their finished products. This was a great example of cooperative learning at its best!” -Linda Fisher, Principal, Stevenson Elementary School, Bellevue

“It has been several weeks now since you were here at Friday Harbor Elementary School and talk still buzzes about your being here, the quality of your assembly and workshops (K – 5), and the excitement, fun and learning you brought to us…Your message is a positive and powerful one for children to hear as you encouraged them to persevere, to create, to have fun, to see things in new ways, and learn from mistakes and from one another… Your message is more than simply making a toy. It is one of positive thinking, inventive creativity, and feeling good about one self…” -Dr. Carolyn Haugen, Principal, Friday Harbor Elementary

“Excellent! Connected to excellent message for kids and writing skills. Rick has great rapport with kids and crowd management giving students an outstanding assembly experience.” -Principal, Cathcart Elementary School

“You can tell Rick really loves what he’s doing and he does a marvelous job of sharing his knowledge and love of toys with students and audiences of all ages.” -Alan Matsumoto, Principal, Garfield Elementary, Yakima

“What a wonderful workshop. Your skill in managing students and inspiring their creativity was exceptional. Great fun too! Students were so engaged in the activities. Thanks!” -Kathy Claiborne, Principal, Jefferson Elementary, Tacoma

“What a fabulous week of Toymaking! You make it so much FUN for the kids–great projects with lots of possibilities for originality and inventiveness. Your orderliness, organization, clear expectations, sense of humor and respect for kids make it a pleasure for me to work with you and make for EXCELLENCE! Thank you!” –Betsy Smith, Founder, ArtStar Association