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What Others Are Saying About Project American Life

“I think every child should get this experience because it changes their lives forever.” – Andy Chaffin, Teacher, Whitesburg Middle

“[The staff was] outstanding in all categories.  They handled even the difficult situations very well, able to keep the kids under control without being uncaring or too harsh.  It is obviously a very select group.” – Eddie Sturgis, Parent, Whitesburg Middle

“Amazing.  The program is totally suited for this age group.  They learn without realizing they are learning.  They leave with a greater appreciation of history, our country, others, and themselves.” – Carla Higginbotham, teacher, Oak Mountain Middle School

“Thank you, Miss Christine and all the other counselors.  It was so much fun- one of the funnest weeks in my life.  You made the Berlin simulation seem so real and you helped us understand how thankful I should be for what I have.  THANKS!!!!” – Elliot, 6th grader

“The most important thing I learned was not to judge.  It is important because at our age we all want the opinion of being cool and not being seen with someone else.” – Clay, 6th grader

“Project American Life does much to teach the students about our past and how blessed we are to live here, but that is by far not all.  It also allows the students to bond with their teachers and other students they may not have been that close to.  It allows the students to see that they have opportunities that others only dream of and to waste these would mean the people who gave their lives so we could have these opportunities died in vain.  It is a life changing experience.” – Natalie Lane, Teacher, Mountain Gap Middle

“The entire staff is exceptional.  They relate with the students well and it is evident that they know how to handle the kids.  They are extremely competent and enthusiastic.” – Shannon Fields, Parent, Whitesburg Middle

“The PAL program is absolutely essential to our sixth grade curriculum and character development of our youth.  The activities and lessons learned during our experience enhance the learning back in the regular classroom setting.  In the past two years I have been so pleased with the effect that this program has had on my children.  I have watched my students change their lives and how they interact with one another.”  Leslie Wheeler, teacher, Oak Mountain Middle School

I learned that our Founding Fathers fought for my freedom, and that sometimes we don’t understand how important that is, that we are lucky, and that many people don’t get the chances we do.” – Nathan, 6th grader

“P.A.L. is a very informative, educational, and hands-on program that brings the social studies curriculum to life.  It creates memorable experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.  Excellent program.” – Pam Riffe, Brigitte Vick, and Joleigh Harlow; teachers, Vincent Middle School

“I love P.A.L.!  It is an awesome experience for students to be a part of and truly learn about our country.  The students relate their experience the rest of the year in all subjects…Wonderful staff this year! They were all very professional and handled the kids with complete competence.  Each leader had a unique group of students and worked with their group to become a family.” – Shellye Lucas, teacher, Montevallo Middle School

“Ms. Harris, THANK YOU!  Joe had a time of his life that he will never forget.  I really appreciate all you have done to help Joe.  This field trip [Project American Life] made him see things different than I have ever experienced with him before. Thanks for caring, more than ever, to see that Joe gets the experience he needs to be the person he is supposed to become.  I am indebted to you.  Sincerely, Alison” – Parent in an email to sixth grade history teacher, Michelle Harris, Chelsea Middle School

“The P.A.L. program is one of the most organized and well-run programs I have ever seen.  The material was appropriate for the sixth grad and presented in a well-received way… I will remember how all of the staff treated our students with kindness and truly cared that they understood the lessons each day.  This program is extremely important to our students because they aren’t learning this material anywhere else!  Thanks for giving us your time and patience for such a worthwhile program.” – Donna Long, teacher, Montevallo Middle School

“Project American Life is about learning how to do the right things when faced with difficult decisions.” – Clay, 6th grader

“The most important thing I learned was the real meaning of the Declaration [of Independence].” – Ross, 6th grader

“The most important I learned this week that we should be thankful for our freedom.  Before I came here I thought that everyone lived like we did, but now I’ve realized that it is not like that.” – Cecilia, 6th grader

“Project American Life is about helping us realize what’s going on in the world around us while having tons of fun.” – Luke, 6th grader

“The most important thing I learned is what the pledge is about. It’s important because, now, when we say it, we truly know about the sacrifice [that was made] for us to be able to say it.” – Andrew 6th grader

“The most important thing that I learned this week is that the U.S. is really an amazing place to be and how fortunate we are.” – Suriya, 6th grader

“Project American Life is about courage, compassion, and AMERICA!” – Logan, 6th grader

“Project American Life is about learning about America in a fun way.” – Jake, 6th grader

“The most important thing that I learned this week was to be happy with what you have because you really don’t know how fortunate you are until it is gone.” – Garrett, 6th grader

“The most important thing that I learned this week was we aren’t here just by accident and that we have a purpose.” – Marci, 6th grader

“The most important thing I learned was not to judge. It is important because at our age we all want the opinion of being cool and not being seen with someone else.” – Clay, 6th grader

What Others Are Saying About Project American Life
 
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