Some nice things people said about Professor Pricklethorn
Thanks to Professor Pricklethorn for teaching the students at Dougall Public School about the importance of trees. He kept students engaged, from grade 2 to grade 5 (as well as their teachers!). With a combination of humour, audience participation, and even a musical number to close, all were entertained while learning at the same time. Our students left the presentation knowing more about plant life, but feeling like they were part of a show. Thanks for making Science come alive!
Mike Baker, Vice Principal, Dougall Avenue Public School, Windsor Ontario
"Professor Pricklethorn rocked the tree house during the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees
(Virginia Beach to Washington) and the TREE Fund is delighted to welcome him back
for the 2012 Oregon Tour. Kids and trees go together like peanut butter and jelly, and
the Professor's message of "give trees a chance" had kids of all ages spreading mulch and singing along. Thanks, P.E.P., for helping us get kids excited about trees and giving us all a reason to sing."
Mary DiCarlo, Fund Development Specialist, The TREE Fund, Naperville IL
"Professor Pricklethorn's visit to Summit Heights P.S. was simply "tree"-mendous! His use of props, costumes and literature totally engaged our Kindergarten children. They laughed and learned, they sang and enjoyed. He truly brought to life the importance of trees in our world and how we should respect our environment."
Linda Ford, Teacher, Summit Heights, Toronto, Ontario
"Professor Elwood Pricklethorn's tree preaching has made me a BeLeafer ! He was a sliver short of stealing the whole dang show."
"Washboard Hank and The Cornpickles" Headliners - Toronto Tree Festival 2011
"Professor Elwood Pricklethorn came to the Giver production site where six local children were building a new playground and engaged them in an animated and interactive demonstration of how photosynthesis works. His talk provided rationale for the importance of all the trees and other greenery they were adding to the playground during the course of the build. Due to his visit, they were able to develop a richer understanding of the role of trees in our ecosystem."
Kristen McGregor, Producer, Giver - Toronto, Ontario
"Professor Elwood Pricklethorn paid a visit to Our Lady Queen of Heaven School on Arbor Day 2011. The kids really enjoyed his presentation and the chance to participate in the program. They learned a lot and found his Canadian accent amusing! Not a thing like our southern drawl. The program culminated with the planting of a Live Oak at the school. The kids laughed and learned."
Chris Crosby, Elementary School Coordinator, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, Lake Charles, La.
"Wow! Thank you Elwood for an awesome performance. It was both educational and entertaining. I am sure the students will remember photosynthesis in a different "light" than anything I could have done in class."
Tom Cable, Grade 7 Teacher, C. R. Gummow P. S. Cobourg, Ontario
"Professor Elwood Pricklethorn’s tree presentation in Franklin’s Children’s Garden was both engaging and informative. We now clearly see the invisible benefits of the trees around us. He explained why trees are such an important resource and how it is that trees affect us, as well as the many every day things that trees give us. I think every class should be organizing a PEP rally!
Baye Hunter, Teacher, Toronto District School Board
"Professor Pricklethorn is exTREEme when it comes to his excitement and love of trees and our environment! He is so engaging and entertaining! The Professor truly keeps the kids attention by having them participate in his demonstration and simplifying the process of photosynthesis with visual aids! The kids have so much fun laughing and singing and learn a great message in the process! We look forward to Professor Pricklethorn's lesson each year! He is the highlight of the annual visit to our school from Acorns of Hope!"
Gemi Bordelon, Advisory Board, St. Mary's Nativity School, Raceland, La
"Professor Pricklethorn came for a visit to our Seniors day program on Ward’s Island. It was too much fun! We all got involved in the educational demonstration on Photosynthesis. We all laughed a lot and got some great photo’s! When we are surrounded by the trees on Ward’s Island, it is important to be reminded to love and respect them. Thank you Professor Pricklethorn for your passion and enthusiasm."
Christa Bartlett, Program Director with Sunshine Centres for Seniors, Toronto
"A tree is more than JUST A TREE" was the message that Professor Elwood Pricklethorn opened brought to our young audience who were assembled at the Rust Library to welcome the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists. The children not only learned what a vital resource trees are but also how to plan to plant the best tree in a given area. Although the Professor’s presentation was educational, he was funny and engaging with great costumes and props. The program ended with the children planting "the right tree in the right place" in a nearby park.
Maureen Smith, Youth Services Manager, Rust Library, Leesburg, Va
Professor Pricklethorn’s presentation about photosynthesis was a hit. Our students enjoyed his quirky yet informative show. He employed engaging props, costumes and interactive role playing. They were delighted to plant a tree and have enjoyed watching it grow and change with the seasons. His show is truly an event that promotes life-long learning and loving of trees. Thank you Professor Pricklethorn.
Janet Harper, Assistant Principal, Columbia School, Palmyra, Va
Professor Pricklethorn “blessed” our special tree during his fun ceremony and it is now growing new and healthy roots. He also reminded us how important trees are for everything: air, food, you name it! The Professor told us about the research conducted about views out hospital rooms to trees versus bricks. The Professor stressed that trees add to quality of life and public health for everyone on our planet, and that trees anchor many forms of nature. They give us good health and a sense well-being especially if we take good care of them.
Teresia Hazen, Coordinator of Therapeutic Gardens and Hort, Legacy Health - Randall Children's Hospital, Portland Oregon
We had a wonderful time and learned a lot with Professor Pricklethorn. In fact my own child pointed out a sidewalk that was cracked and lifted, because of tree roots, shortly after the visit and he told me that it was because someone had not planted the right tree in the right place and that Professor Pricklethorn wouldn't be able to help them. It was fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity for our kids!
Eva Manderson, Executive Director, Tillamook Bay Child Care Center, Tillamook, Oregon
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