“I feel the importance of our Create-a-Cartoon project was beyond measure. Creating “Habitat Heroes” was one of the proudest and most memorable experiences in my 30 years of teaching!”
Ilene Brudner, Third Grade Teacher, Robertsville Elementary School, Robertsville, NJ

“Thank you for all your hard work and patience this year. Luke’s story telling, creative thinking and detail in drawings far exceed my expectations. He loves your Kindergarten Enrichment class and you as well. Thank you for the lasting difference you’ve made in our lives.”
Beth Piazza, Fair Haven, NJ

“Through the Create-A-Cartoon curriculum, our students have created their own ideas, fleshed them out with a team of their peers and synthesized them into a finished product. But now, instead of hanging their finished product on the school bulletin board or refrigerator in their kitchen, their work will be broadcast through the New York City area. The children are so excited about this project; they don’t even realize how much they’re learning. There is a definite parallel between the cartoon curriculum and our strategies to improve reading comprehension. Our students are often asked to picture the imagery an author is conveying. Now our students are the authors and they’ve transcribed their own imagery.”
Denniston M. Reid, Jr., Principal of Achievement First East New York Elementary School, Brooklyn, NY

“My third grade class and I had the privilege of working with Small Factory Productions to make our own class cartoon, from start to finish. I cannot even begin to express what a wonderful experience this has been for my students. The necessary lessons and concepts it has taught them are invaluable and because of the exciting way in which they were learned, I am confident that they will stay with them forever. I was introduced to Small Factory Productions, when one of my students proudly brought in a DVD of a cartoon he had created with the company. After viewing it, and seeing how this student had completely produced a cartoon, from start to finish, I became excited and started wondering, “How can I get my class involved in doing one of these projects?”  I could immediately see that this student, not only had fun creating his own cartoon, but in the process of doing it, had also learned all the necessary parts of a story. He had learned the importance of characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution — concepts that educators work on teaching students all year long. I got in contact with the company and arranged for my class to work on their own special cartoon project.  The company’s willingness to work with me on this project was truly overwhelming.  Not to mention, their enthusiasm and dedication for what they do. They allow students to use their creativity and have A BLAST, while learning important and necessary language arts lessons. Working on this project covered every NJ Language Arts State Standard there is! By the time my class had completed this project my students had not only learned all the elements of a story and the importance of each one. They had also learned how to turn a story into a script, how to play a character and read with expression, how to use their speaking voices, how they could make their writing even better, and how to work together cooperatively and efficiently to “get a job done.” The lessons they learned are numerous! In an ideal world every school, every class, would be able to participate in a project such as this one.  Learning the essential elements of a story has never been so exciting or memorable for students!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions at all. I would be more than happy to discuss how wonderful working with Small Factory Productions has been for my class and I!”
Marisa Ruggieri, Third Grade Teacher, River Plaza Elementary School, Red Bank, NJ

Chris Dudick is working with a group of kids at The University Hospital in Newark, NJ creating a cartoon. The children in the group are primarily sickle cell patients and they decided that they want their characters to be superheroes. There are two villains- “Sickle” and “LP” (low platelets) that are related to the struggles the children face when afflicted with sickle cell disease. They are loving the program so much that one boy who only needs to come to the hospital every three weeks for a transfusion is making a point of coming weekly so he can be more involved in the process.”
Kristen Schmicker, Program Director, ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation,
 Englewood, NJ