From Cobleskill/Richmondville, NY Central School District
"The presentation by Mr. Kyle Jenks on the French and Indian War was remarkable. First, Mr. Jenks covered a great deal of information in an engaging manner. His program tied in directly to the material covered in both the ELA and social studies classes from our school. Second, all students had opportunities to participate. That direct involvement increased their appreciation for the material covered. We would highly recommend this presentation to other Middle Schools."
CRCS 7th Grade Teachers:
Christopher Baron, Chad Blakesley, Peggy Blohm, Amy Thompson, Noel Payton
Here are excerpts of some of the 24 separate student testimonials we received from the Cobleskill/Richmondville French and Indian War presentation alone!
"Thank you very much for inviting both 7 and split to see that wonderful presentation...I was in the part of the Albany Congress, and it really felt like I was there watching it all happen.overall the presentation was fascinating and I really enjoyed it." MH
"...it was great. The part that I played was People of the Longhouse-it was cool to be a clan mother of the Onondaga Nation. The way that you helped us learn about it was cool because we got to help. Thank (you) again, it was great." KH
"...I was captain of the French partisans and I felt like I was there it was so real. I think the whole school could have been there." JO
"...The part that I played was a Frenchman. It was neat to help out in an assembly. I learned what a Sachem was. It was great to be in an actual reenactment." RM
"...we enjoyed it very much. I was part of the Albany Plan of Union Council. I really felt like I was a part of it a long time ago. It was very exciting.This presentation was a great, fun way to learn about the French and Indian War.It was very fun." CM
"...The part that I played was in a French raiding party, and I enjoyed weaving throughout the chairs like they were bushes and trees.I really enjoyed the play, and I think it would be fun to be in another recreation.I hope we can do this again sometime in the future." HM
"...I was part of the French raiding party. What I liked best was when the French tried to attack the base and the British drove us back." HS
"...It was very fun being Benjamin Franklin. We all enjoyed it very much. It was very informative. I learned that it was very hard living in colonial life." DF
"...We are going to have oodles of fun." CB
"Your play is going to be awesome. We studied (the) French and Indian War and I loved it. It was pretty interesting." DB
"I thank you for the honor of allowing the split 6-7 team to the presentation.The part I played was the People of the Longhouse and I was the Mohawk Sachem.your efforts were astounding." ML
"The presenters...provided in-depth knowledge and many visuals to the enraptured students. Kyle and Lynn were very adaptable to the subtle nuances of the vast array of students. They were able to hold the attention of a wide age range of students for an hour and a half! As any teacher will tell you that is quite the task. The program was a fantastic enrichment to my Social Studies curriculum..." -Jennifer R.
"The presenters provided countless visual examples, hands-on-activities, and skillfully involved EVERY student in their riveting presentation. The activities and topics were linked directly to our curriculum and were full of information that was new to both the teachers and students in attendance. Both the students and staff loved the presentation by Kyle and Lynn Jenks!..." -Sandra S.
"Not only were my students highly motivated by the presentation, as was shown by the fact that they stayed and asked many questions on their own until I told them they had to leave to catch their bus and this on a beautiful Friday afternoon, but also many H.S. students came out to watch the presentations as well as many other staff members. All commented on how well done they were and found them educational as well as entertaining." -William D.
"Kyle and Lynn, everyone at Schuyler Mansion would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your participation in our Twelfth Night event. As usual, you were both wonderful, effective, and brought lots of enjoyment to our visitors..." -MM
Schenectady County Historical Society
Thank you again for offering such an innovative and educational program on October 13th, 2007. The fictional character, Douglas McKenna, created the perfect opportunity to talk about the events that changed Schenectady throughout the eighteenth century. His persona, and your presentation of it, provided the audience with a connection to the historical events in your program. Although our audience was familiar with many of the events you discussed, they became personal through his eyes. Historical theater is a wonderful way to present history and a way to step away from the history books and make history relevant to modern audiences. Your program has a lot of potential to take the well-trodden history of Schenectady County and present it in a new way. Good luck with your future programs and thank you again.