Photo (L-R): Puppeteers Bruce Johnson, Mike Napolitano, Dianne Baldwin, Andrea Webster
Optimists Sponsor ‘On Applebee Pond’ Puppet Shows for Youth
Dianne Baldwin and Andrea Webster of the PACE Program in Coronado presented an opportunity to the Optimists to sponsor, On Applebee Pond, a series of puppet shows for the students of Coronado schools.
The focus of the puppet shows is development of good character — while having fun.
Dianne came with a prepared script and puppets and enlisted the help of Optimists Bruce Johnson and Mike Napolitano in a show demonstration. It was funny and fun for all. The puppets’ actions show kids how to handle, in a positive way, challenging situations they often face while growing up.
Following the demonstration, the Optimist Board voted to provide $5000 to support this wonderful activity. About 1000 students per month will see the shows. The Optimists know the kids will love it and hope they will relate to their parents the messages they will learn. It should make for some great discussions at the family dinner table.