What Educators are saying about Stand Up! Speak Out!
"As the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC), I deal with harassment, intimidation and bullying.
During the Week of Respect, Susan presented Stand Up! Speak Out! What a great program!
Students really enjoyed the music and the lyrics. Many were moved by this presentation
and approached teachers and myself to discuss their own difficulties.
This is a great program to use at any grade level. Well done, Sooz!"
Michele Klamerus, Student Assistance Coordinator
Becton Regional High School (9-12), East Rutherford, NJ
"This is a 'MUST SEE' performance!
"Thank you for a wonderful performance and for sharing a powerful message about the need
and obligation we all have to Stand Up! Speak Out! against bullying. Your music is inspiring!
The words to your songs convey a clear understanding to students that bullying is unacceptable.
We were so lucky that you were able to come back to our school for a second time. Kudos!"
Mr. Pedro Garrido, Principal
Ms. A. Travelli-White, Guidance Counselor
Anna L. Klein School (K-8), Guttenberg, NJ
“Sooz' presence, her performance, her message all combined to communicate and illuminate the value of standing up and
speaking out in support of diversity, individuality, community and creativity. Her program was inspirational and educational
for staff and students. She enhanced our Peace Day experience exponentially and we hope to make her
an integral part of our annual Peace celebrations.”
Karma Cloud, Art Teacher and Peace Day Organizer
Lincoln School (K-8), Newark, NJ
“It was an energetic, rewarding and inspiring presentation.
Susan’s interaction with the students allowed for a lively and informative afternoon.
It embodied our efforts to enhance a peaceful environment at Lincoln School and beyond.
With her gleeful reminders to the students, this will encourage them to continue Stand Up! and Speak Out! for Peace."
Thank you for taking part in our celebration of peace."
Ms. Guilford, Grade 3 Teacher (Literacy and Social Studies)
Lincoln School (K-8), Newark, NJ
"Thank you for a wonderful performance.
The students were so engaged and learned from the
passionately portrayed through your music. It was
enjoyed by all,
the students, teachers, and myself."
Robert Giangeruso, Principal
Jefferson School (K-8), Lyndhurst NJ
"Great 'STAND UP! SPEAK OUT!' program at Somerdale Park School.
When I met Sooz, I informed her of her competition for 'best assembly performance':
an Amazon explorer who had a blow gun and shot balloons from the back of the auditorium.
Students loved it, but Sooz' show was even better: she had all the students singing and participating.
Ed Prendergast, Facilities
Somerdale Park School (K-8), Somerdale, NJ
and message really reinforce the Character Counts program.”
Lafayette Township School, Lafayette Twp., NJ
was fabulous. I had so many teachers asking for her return every year
to compliment our ‘Get Real About Violence’ program.
Students told me,
‘Great assembly!’ They loved her music.
She was even able to get the
‘cool’ 8th graders singing!”
Debbie Sutton, Cultural Arts Chair
Township School, Lafayette Twp., NJ
“Thank you so very much for
the superb performance of ‘Stand Up! Speak Out!”
wonderful about what you do. You do make a difference!”
Gustafson, Guidance Counselor
Olivet School, Pittsgrove, NJ
again for a great show!
The kids and teachers are still talking about
From the Principal... ‘Great idea, Beth, she was worth every
Beth Churchill, Teacher
Middle Township Elementary School
#1, Cape May Court House, NJ
“Kids were involved and excited
about what you were doing...
Your program is absolutely brilliant!”
Long Valley School, Long Valley, NJ
positive impact your performance made...
Students and staff raved
about...your message of togetherness and acceptance
...in the universal
language of music.”
Kevin Dugan, Principal
Mullica Township Middle
School, Mullica Twp., NJ
“In Shel Silverstein’s poem ‘Sky
Seasoning’ he writes,
‘It’s amazing the difference a bit of sky can
Please accept our appreciation for being ‘a bit of sky.’”
R. D. Wood School, Millville, NJ