Welcome to a whole new
experience! "PROJECT: Education Outreach™ - Chicago",
a unique new event series which has been referred to by many as "History
In The Making".
(Please Note: Taking photographs at either of
the schools during our event series was not permitted due to CPS
A HISTORIC EVENT NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN
One thing for sure, this was an experience like
no other! It began with a train ride... A train ride you ask? Yes,
a Amtrak train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago with a whole new
perspective of Seasons Greetings.
Rev. James G.W. Fisher, A.K.A.
The Toy Man® and two of his staff were aboard an Amtrak train
from Los Angeles to Chicago, with a plentiful wealth of games, toys,
and other goodies which they were demoing and giving away to passengers
en route to Chicago!
THE EXPERIENCE AT THE SCHOOLS
- Jesse Sherwood Elementary
The wonderful excitement and active Play which was experienced by
the passengers of the Amtrak train ride, spread to Jesse Sherwood
Elementary School on the first, second, and third days of the event
series. The start of first day was delayed quite a bit yet
The Toy Man® still arrived and got the ball rolling for
the event series.
Together with Joseph Balcuk, from (Precision
Mathematics Corp.), The Toy Man® was able to work with
all of the classes, teachers, and parents as well, demonstrating
the various products and how to learn from them.
Mr. Balcuk spent an extensive period of time sitting down with faculty
from Jesse Sherwood Elementary, explaining to them the unique contribution
that his game, Meet
The Merbs - The Spoils of Civilization, (Classroom
Adventure Pack) has to offer as part of the curriculum.
- And There's Still More!
The folks from Liberty
Street Games, (one of our sponsors), the creators of "Bailout
The Game", were able to be present for one of the days
at Jesse Sherwood Elementary, which is fully understandable, their
game was more suitable for the age group of the middle school we
were visiting the next day. Liberty Street Games was primarily
responsible for our having OfficeDepot™ as a sponsor for PROJECT:
Education Outreach™ - Chicago.
Some of the product favorites for the students at Jesse Sherwood
Elementary were Citiblocs, (wooden
planks to stimulate creative skill and motor skills), and Jishaku, (a
fast paced a quick learn game which takes magnetism to an entirely
new level), Comet
- the fast path to learning, (learning about spelling, vowels,
and grammar), and MathTutor
DVD, (total immersion learning for numbers 1-10.)
We even had a "Whiplash
Scooter" for students to get a hands-on experience
with. The Whiplash Scooter has become a popular item when it
comes to physical education in some schools. As as fitness instructor
I spoke to was so quick to express, "This scooter provides
a safe yet fun experience for the students. It not only helps
them in coordination and muscle skill development, but also in
burning calories safely!"
- Some Added Valuable Resources
What was especially beneficial to both the kids, parents, and teachers,
was the resources provided by Time 4 Learning. http://www.time4learning.com and http://www.spellingcity.com. Thanks
to the folks at Time 4 Learning, the kids and parents have a valuable
free resource for education in spelling and for teachers and parents.
a monumental addition to assisting them in their teaching kids online
with a very intutitive and simple interface.
On report card day at Sherwood Elementary,
The Toy Man® and some of his sponsors were present to work
with the parents and kids directly. Parents and kids were
able to get hands-on evaluation of products with many of them to
Parents and children were able to give their
own personal feedback on each product at the event which will enable
the developer's of these products to see how they can bring their
products to an entirely new level from the candid feedback. This
was a historical experience that is just the beginning of many
to come at other schools across the nation. and it all started
in Chicago at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School!
- Madero Middle School
The excitement was aplenty at Madero Middle School
The active Play took place in the two classrooms with The
Toy Man® and sponsor reps from Precision
Math and Liberty
Street Games. Of course we also had the games from our sponsors, "Bailout
The Game" - Liberty
Street Games, The Merbs - The Spoils of Civilization - Precision
Math, - Smash or Trash - Fun
Q Games, Jishaku - RSV
Productions, and "Comet - The fast path to learning" - Active
Each of the games provided were carefully explained
to the students in how to play them. Science, vocabulary, spelling,
and math were all being covered through these games.
At the Madero Middle School it was an unquestionable
fact that Jishaku was
the overall favorite product of the students, partly due to the simplicity
with no real learning curve, with Comet
- The fast path to learning and Bailout
The Game coming in right behind it.
DEDICATION TO IMPROVEMENT
No matter which way you look at it, our concept
of PROJECT: Education Outreach™ began as a project dedicated first
and foremost to provide an improvement in life and education
for kids and families. Every program, every school district,
every effort that is based upon the same or similar design has as
an unquestionable commonality…We are ALL in this together
for kids and their families.
The beauty of the project is how product
developers can now, through our program, have a mutual opportunity
to help kids and their families while getting an exclusive opportunity
to build branding for their products.
SPONTANEOUS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
PROJECT: Education Outreach™ - Chicago doesn't
stop with the public schools. The spontaneous setup of tables and
products unexpectedly all around Chicago provides another stimulation
to buyers interests and education. They learn of products that may
never have a chance to be picked up by the big store chains and discover
how so many of them eclipse the quality of many of the products you
see in those same chain stores.
Some of the products being demo 'd on the Amtrak
train and in the schools, were also being used in spontaneous hands-on
consumer evaluation on the streets of Chicago in a variety of locations. Jishaku,
and Comet are
two of the games which proved to be favorites creating plenty of
laughs and energy while these games and others are being played even
on the Chicago subway system!
This was all part
of our new 7 day long PROJECT: Education Outreach™ event series. Our
next event series will be in New York City, 7 days prior to Toy Fair
to learn more about PROJECT: Education Outreach™ - Chicago
or PROJECT: Education Outreach™ itself? Have any questions
as to what mishaps we encountered to avoid them yourself in the future?
You can reach us via our contact form
or just give us a call at 646.875.4541 to get the answers you are
seeking and learn about the PROJECT: Education Outreach™ event
series in other major cities and our returning to Chicago next year!
"This is just
NOTE: PROJECT: Education Outreach™ Chicago is in
no manner endorsed directly or indirectly by the Chicago Public
PROJECT: Education Outreach™ - Chicago is an independent program
developed and produced by The Toy Man® Product Guide, a division
of GreyWolf Corp™.